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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken introduced the dying of his 96-year-old father Donald Blinken on Thursday night time, calling him “a supply of affection and inspiration” to his household.
Blinken introduced the dying from his private Twitter account whereas attending the annual U.N. General Assembly in New York. His father handed away earlier that day within the Lengthy Island city of East Hampton, New York.
“Dad served his metropolis, state and nation,” Blinken wrote. “Dad impressed me to public service. He lived with decency, dignity and modesty.”
“He cherished his spouse Vera and his household. He constructed a beautiful life and gave me a beautiful life,” the grieving son added. “I really like you dad.”
The Secretary of State additionally proudly listed of the nonagenarian’s accomplishments, which included serving within the U.S. Army Air Corps and serving as chair of the State College of New York (SUNY).
Donald Blinken was born in New York Metropolis in 1925. He attended Harvard College and graduated in 1948. He additionally co-founded EM Warburg, Pincus & Co., an funding banking agency.
Most notably, Donald Blinken served as U.S. Ambassador to Hungary from 1994 to 1997. After Blinken and his spouse Vera gave a large donation to Hungary’s Open Society Archives, the archival establishment named itself within the couple’s honor.