Carleton Coon Jr., 91; career diplomat
Carleton S. Coon Jr., a career Foreign Service officer who balanced professional and family diplomacy as ambassador to Nepal while his wife served as ambassador to neighboring Bangladesh, died Dec. 3 at a hospital in Warrenton, Virginia.
He was 91.
The cause was biliary sepsis, said his wife, Jane Abell Coon, who also was a career Foreign Service officer.
For three years, beginning in 1981, the two American diplomats served respectively in Kathmandu and Dhaka.
“Can a good marriage withstand having two ambassadors in the family?” the New York Times facetiously asked in a 1981 story on their appointments.
“Yes, it thrived,” said Coon’s daughter Ellen Coon. “They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last year.”