The President announced today his intention to nominate Jane Abell Coon, of New Hampshire, as Ambassador to the People's Republic of Bangladesh. She would succeed David T. Schneider, who is resigning.
Mrs. Coon began her government career in 1951 in the State Department as foreign affairs officer, then intelligence research analyst. She was appointed a Foreign Service officer in 1956 and served in Karachi, Bombay, New Delhi, and the Department, prior to resigning in 1967. She returned to the Department in 1976 as international relations officer in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. From 1977 to 1979, she was Director of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh Affairs. Since 1979 she has been Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs.
Mrs. Coon was born May 9, 1929, in Durham, N.H. She graduated (B.A.) in 1951 from the College of Wooster. She is married to Carleton S. Coon, Jr., and has six stepchildren.