Flournoy A. Coles Jr., 67, a former official with the Department of State and a professor emeritus of Vanderbilt University, died of cancer Aug. 1 at George Washington University Hospital. He lived in Falls Church.
Dr. Coles was a native of Trenton, N.J., and a graduate of Xavier University in New Orleans. He earned a master's degree at the University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate in economics at the university's Wharton School. He served with the Army in Europe during World War II.
He joined the State Department in 1951 and served in Europe and Asia. He was Israel desk officer and chief of the Near East division with AID here from 1958 until 1961. He was the AID program officer in Ceylon before he retired in 1963.
For the next four years, Dr. Coles lived in Santa Monica, Calif., and worked as an economist and taught part-time at area universities. In 1967, he moved to Nashville and became economics department chairman at Fisk University and a professor of management at Vanderbilt University.
Dr. Coles moved to Falls Church in 1980. He was a consultant with the Booker T. Washington Foundation and a visiting professor of management at Rutgers University. He was a past president of the National Economic Association and the author of "Black Economic Development."
Survivors include his wife, Janice, of Falls Church; a son, Flournoy, of Oakland, Calif.; his father, Flournoy H. Coles Sr., two brothers, Samuel and John, and two sisters, Alma Smith and Henrietta Edwards, all of Los Angeles, and two grandchildren.