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US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced the death of his 96-year-old father, Donald Blinken, on Thursday night, calling him a “source of love and inspiration” to his family.
Blinken announced the death from his personal Twitter account while attending the annual United Nations General Session in New York. His father had died earlier that day in the Long Island town of East Hampton, New York.
“Dad served his city, state and country,” Blinken wrote. “Dad inspired me to do 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,” added the grieving son. “I love you dad.”
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The secretary of state also proudly lists nonagenarians’ accomplishments, including serving in the US Army Air Corps and serving as chair of the State University of New York (SUNY).
Donald Blinken was born in 1925 in New York City. 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 the US Ambassador to Hungary from 1994 to 1997. After Blinken and his wife Vera made a large donation to the Open Society Archives in Hungary, the archival institution named itself in the couple’s honor.