Jane Abell Coon

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Jane Abell Coon
U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh
In office
30 June 1981 – 3 August 1984
PresidentJimmy Carter
Preceded byDavid T. Schneider
Succeeded byHoward Bruner Schaffer
Personal details
Born(1929-03-09)March 9, 1929
Durham, Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States

Jane Abell Coon is an American diplomat and former ambassador to Bangladesh.[1]

Early life[edit]

Jane Abell Coon was born on May 9, 1929, in Durham, New Hampshire. In 1951 she graduated from the College of Wooster. She married Carleton S. Coon Jr, in 1966, and has six stepchildren from him.[2]


Jane Abell Coon joined the State Department as foreign affairs officer in 1951. She later worked in the State Department as an intelligence research analyst. In 1956 she was made a foreign service officer, she was stationed in Karachi in Pakistan and Bombay and New Delhi in India. In 1967 she resigned from the State Department. In 1976 she returned to the State Department and joined the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs as international relations officer. She served as the Director of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh Affairs in the State Department from 1977 to 1979. She became the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs in the State Department in 1976.[2]

Jane Abell Coon was appointed the United States Ambassador to Bangladesh on June 30, 1981. She presented her credentials on August 11, 1981. Her term ended on August 3, 1984.[3] Her husband, Carleton S. Coon Jr, served as the United States Ambassador to Nepal, while she was the ambassador to Bangladesh.[4]


  1. ^ "President Reagan has nominated Jane Abell Coon, a career..." upi.com. UPI. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Ronald Reagan: Nomination of Jane Abell Coon To Be United States Ambassador to Bangladesh". presidency.ucsb.edu. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Jane Abell Coon". history.state.gov. Office of the Historian. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  4. ^ Rosellini, Lynn (8 June 1981). "2 Ambassadors Test Their Marriage". The New York Times. New York Times. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Davis Eugene Boster
United States Ambassador to Bangladesh
Succeeded by
David T. Schneider