Péter Zwack, whose family name has been intricately bound together with the traditional Hungarian herbal spirit, Unicum, died on August 5, 2012 at the age of 85.
Péter Zwack immigrated to the United States via Ellis Island after the Communist takeover of Hungary and became an American citizen but returned to his native Hungary in 1987 to reinstate his family business of producing the famous digestif liqor. Zwack then became the first democratic Hungarian Ambassador to the United States serving as head of mission right after Hungary’s transition to democracy. His dedication to family business, entrepreneurship and tradition is held in high reverence by his family, friends and acquaintances.
Ambassador Szapáry, who knew Péter Zwack as a friend sent his deepest sympathies to the family: “It was with profound sadness that I learned about the passing of Péter. I would like to extend my sincere condolences to a friend whose commitment to upholding a two-century long family tradition has served as an inspiration to us all.”
Dénes Kemény, head coach of the Hungarian Olympic waterpolo team, which today beat US 11-6 offered the team’s victory to the memory of Mr. Zwack.