NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 Secretary of State Antony Blinken\u2019s father, Donald, a former U.S. diplomat, investment banker and modern art collector, died on Thursday. He was 96. Blinken announced his father\u2019s passing in a series of tweets while he was attending the annual UN General Assembly. \u201cMy family lost a parent and grandparent, a source of love and inspiration \u2014 my father Donald Blinken,\u201d he wrote. \u201cA member of the U.S. Army Air Corps, a U.S. ambassador, president of the Mark Rothko Foundation, (chairman of the board) of the State University of New York, dad served his city, state and country,\u201d Blinken said. Donald Blinken died peacefully at his home in East Hampton, Long Island, a State Department official said. \u201cDad inspired me to public service,\u201d Blinken wrote. \u201cHe 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.\u201d Antony Blinken canceled several events he was to attend at the UN General Assembly on Thursday evening due to his father\u2019s deteriorating medical condition and his schedule there on Friday will be adjusted to account for family commitments, the State Department official said. Donald Blinken served as the chairman of the State University of New York system from 1978 to 1990 and was U.S. Ambassador to Hungary from 1994 to 1997, during the Clinton administration.