Carl Coon (1927-2018) was a retired US diplomat living in Washington, Virginia, and Washington DC. He graduated from Harvard in 1949 (after serving briefly in the US Army at the end of World War II), and joined the US Foreign Service that same year. 37 years of government service saw him posted in a variety of countries stretching from Morocco to Nepal. From 1981-1984 he was US Ambassador to Nepal. He retired in 1985.
Carl wrote essays on the human condition and several books. After retirement, his interests increasingly focused on humanism and he became involved with the American Humanist Association. In 2004, he was elected to the AHA Board and shortly afterwards became AHA’s Vice President. He was the editor of the blog Progressive Humanism.