Donald Blinken, a former U.S. ambassador, investment banker, and collector of modern art passed away on Thursday.
He was the father of Secretary of State Antony Blinken. He was 96.
While at the yearly UN General Assembly, Blinken tweeted several times to share the news of his father’s passing.
He stated that my father, Donald Blinken, was a parent and grandfather, a source of love and inspiration for my family.
“An American citizen. Dad served his city, state, and nation in the Army Air Corps, as a U.S. ambassador, president of the Mark Rothko Foundation, and as (board chairman) of the State University of New York, according to Blinken.
According to a State Department representative, Donald Blinken passed away quietly at his East Hampton, Long Island home.
Blinken stated, “Dad inspired me to public duty.” “He had a decent, honorable, and modest life. He cherished his family and his wife, Vera. He offered me a magnificent life that he had built. I cherish you, Dad.
Due to his father’s poor health, Antony Blinken had to postpone numerous activities at the UN General Assembly on Thursday evening.
His itinerary at the UN on Friday will be modified to take into account family obligations, the State Department official said.
From 1978 until 1990, Donald Blinken headed the State University of New York system and served as the U.S. From 1994 to 1997, the Clinton administration’s ambassador to Hungary.