|United States Ambassador to Nepal|
December 5, 1966 - June 5, 1973
|President||Lyndon B. Johnson|
|Henry E. Stebbins|
|William I. Cargo|
|Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs|
October 10, 1973 - March 27, 1975
Caroline Clendening Laise
November 14, 1917
Winchester, Virginia, U.S.
|Died||July 25, 1991 (aged 73)|
Dummerston, Vermont, U.S.
(m. 1967; died 1984)
|Alma mater||American University|
George Washington University
Born in Winchester, Virginia, to Elizabeth Frances (née Stevens) and James Frederic Laise. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from American University in 1938, majoring in public administration, and then a Master of Arts in political science from George Washington University in 1940.
Laise worked as a coder for the Civil Service Commission in 1940, her first government position. She had a position in the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration for a short time before joining the State Department in 1948. She was an adviser from 1956 to 1961, and in 1962 became deputy director of the Bureau of South Asian Affairs.
In 1965, Laise traveled to India and Pakistan as an adviser to Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey. After a year in New Delhi, President Lyndon B. Johnson named her ambassador to Nepal in 1966, a position she held until 1973.
On January 3, 1967 she married 72-year-old Ambassador at Large Ellsworth Bunker in Kathmandu. Later that year he was named ambassador to South Vietnam and for nearly the first six years of their marriage they only saw each other monthly, via a special government flight offered by President Johnson as enticement for Bunker to accept the post.