Former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary Blinken Passes Away

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Former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary Donald M. Blinken passed away at the age of 96 on Thursday.

The diplomat's death was announced on social media by his son, Anthony Blinken, who is the current U.S. Secretary of State.

"My family lost a parent and grandparent, a source of love and inspiration — my father Donald Blinken. A member of the U.S. Army Air Corps, a U.S. Ambassador, president of the Mark Rothko Foundation, chair of the State University of New York dad served his city, state and country," Anthony Blinken tweeted. "Dad inspired me to 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. I love you dad."

Donald Blinken was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Hungary by U.S. Vice President Al Gore on March 29, 1994.  He concluded his service on November 20, 1997.

A native New Yorker, Blinken co-founded the investment banking/venture capital firm E.M. Warburg, Pincus & Co. in 1966, and served as chairman of the board of trustees of the State University of New York, the nation’s largest institution of higher education, from 1978 to 1990.

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