NEW YORK - Francis X. Coleman Jr., a former partner and head of the municipal bond department of Goldman, Sachs & Co., died Friday. He was 78.

Coleman was well known throughout the municipal market and an eminent banker, friends said. He worked in the early stages on many of the large public power projects done across the country, serving as a banker for issuers including the Washington Public Power Supply System, the Intermountain Power Agency, and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

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