US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s father, Donald, a former US diplomat, investment banker and modern art collector, has died at the age of 96.
Blinken announced the death of his father in a series of tweets while attending the United Nations General Assembly.
“My family lost a parent and grandparent, a source of love and inspiration – my father, Donald Blinken,” he wrote.
“A member of the US Army Air Corps, a US ambassador, chairman of the Mark Rothko Foundation, (chair of the board), of the State University of New York, Dad served his city, state, and country,” Blinken said.
A State Department official said Donald Blinken died peacefully at his home in East Hampton, Long Island.
“Dad inspired me into public service,” wrote Mr. Blinken.
“He lived with decency, dignity and decency. He loved his wife Vera and his family. He created a wonderful life and gave me a wonderful life. I love you dad.”
A State Department official said Antony Blinken canceled several events attending the UN General Assembly on Thursday evening due to his father’s deteriorating medical condition, and that his schedule would be adjusted to family commitments on Friday.
Donald Blinken served as president of the State University of New York System from 1978 to 1990 and was the US ambassador to Hungary from 1994 to 1997 during the Bill Clinton administration.