US secretary of state's father Donald Blinken dies

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a precocious   level   gathering  of the United Nations Security CouncilImage source, Reuters

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced his father's decease connected Twitter

Donald Blinken, a erstwhile US diplomat and begetter of existent US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has died astatine the property of 96, his lad has said.

Antony Blinken tweeted that his father, who served arsenic US Ambassador to Hungary betwixt 1994 and 1997, was "a root of emotion and inspiration" and had inspired him to articulation the nationalist service.

Born successful New York, Mr Blinken Sr served successful the Army Air Corps successful World War Two.

He graduated with a grade successful Economics from Harvard successful 1948.

In 1966, helium co-founded the concern banking steadfast EM Warburg, Pincus & Co, and was president of the Mark Rothko Foundation from 1976 to 1989. He besides chaired the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York, the nation's largest instauration of higher education, from 1978 to 1990.

He was besides awarded the US Department of Defense Award for Distinguished Public Service, and was the archetypal US ambassador to person Hungary's highest civilian honour.

His lad tweeted that helium had "lived with decency, dignity and modesty" and had served his city, authorities and country.

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