OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -- Chester L. Quarles, a longtime University of Mississippi professor who wrote about terrorism, criminal justice and school safety, died Thursday at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. He was 69.
Coleman Funeral Home says services were Sunday at North Oxford Baptist Church with burial in Tula Cemetery.
Quarles was a past director of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and was first director of the state Crime Lab.
During more than 40 years at the University of Mississippi, Quarles was a professor of political science, criminal justice and legal studies. He was founder of Crisis Consultants International, which handles negotiations with terrorists when missionaries are kidnapped. He wrote six books and co-wrote four others.
Survivors include his wife, Dot; one daughter; four sons; mother; two sisters and 14 grandchildren.