Donald Blinken, United States Ambassador to Hungary and diplomat died at 93, Death, Exited

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Donald Blinken Death – Donald Mayer Blinken, an American businessman, diplomat and United States Ambassador to Hungary reportedly passed away at the age of 96. Donald Blinken passed away in East Hampton on September 22, 2022. In 1966, Blinken co-founded E. M. Warburg Pincus & Company, an investment bank in New York.

Blinken was born on November 11, 1925, in Yonkers, New York, the son of Maurice Blinken and his wife, Ethel (Horowitz).His father and mother were of Jewish descent and his father was originally from Kyiv (now the capital of Ukraine). His grandfather was author Meir Blinken. Blinken had two brothers, Alan and Robert. His son, Antony Blinken, is the incumbent Secretary of State of the United States in the presidency of Joe Biden.

The brothers grew up both in New York City and Yonkers. They attended the Horace Mann School. Blinken graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University in 1948, after serving in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II in 1944.

Blinken met Mark Rothko in 1956 and became an art collector. He was president of the Mark Rothko Foundation from 1976 to 1989. In 1984, the foundation distributed 1,000 art pieces to museums, including to the National Gallery of Art.

In 1966, Blinken co-founded E. M. Warburg Pincus & Company, an investment bank in New York. He served as a director for Warburg Pincus, and served as chairman of the board of directors. From 1970 to 1976, Blinken was president of the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

He was appointed to the board of trustees for the State University of New York by Governor Hugh Carey in September 1976 and was appointed the board’s chairman in 1978. The board clashed with Governor Mario Cuomo as Cuomo wanted the board to cut spending. Blinken announced his resignation from the board in October 1989, which took effect with the confirmation of his successor in 1990.

During the presidency of Jimmy Carter, Blinken served on a special nomination panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals. In 1994, President Bill Clinton nominated Blinken to be the United States Ambassador to Hungary. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate and served in the role until 1997. From 2000 to 2004, Blinken was the secretary-general of the World Federation of United Nations Associations.

Blinken lived in the River House and in East Hampton, New York. He was married to Judith Frehm from 1958 until their divorce in 1971, and then married Vera Ermer in 1975.Vera was a Holocaust survivor in Hungary during World War II; in 2009, the couple published a memoir about her escape from Communist Hungary and their time back in Hungary during his term as the U.S. Ambassador.

In 2015, the Open Society Archives in Hungary was renamed the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives after receiving a major donation from the couple.

His son, Antony Blinken, from his first marriage, is the United States Secretary of State in the presidency of Joe Biden

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