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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the death of his 96-year-old father, Donald Blinken, on Thursday evening, calling him “a source of love and inspiration” to his family.
Blinken announced the death of his personal Twitter account while attending the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York. Her father died earlier today in Long Island Town in East Hampton, New York.
“Dad served his city, state and country,” Blinken wrote. “Dad inspired me in public service. He lived with decency, dignity and modesty.”
“He loved his wife Vera and his family. He built a wonderful life and gave me a wonderful life,” the grieving son added. “I love you dad.”
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The Secretary of State also proudly listed the nonagenarian’s accomplishments, including his service in the US Army Air Corps and his presidency of the State University of New York (SUNY).
Donald Blinken was born in New York in 1925. He attended Harvard University and graduated in 1948. He also co-founded EM Warburg, Pincus & Co., an investment banking firm.
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Most notably, Donald Blinken served as United States Ambassador to Hungary from 1994 to 1997. After Blinken and his wife Vera made a large donation to the Hungarian Open Society Archives, the archival institution named itself in the honor of the couple.