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.”

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