D. D. Van Soelen

Honorary Life Member, Board of Directors


Don Van Soelen was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as was his mother, Virginia Carr Van Soelen. His father was the prominent artist Theodore Van Soelen who was on the Board of Managers for many years.

The family drove east in 1934 (dirt roads until Oklahoma) and from that time until World War II broke out “commuted” between Cornwall, Connecticut and Tesuque, New Mexico.

He graduated from Taft School, attended the University of New Mexico for one year, and received his B.A. degree from Bowdoin College, Maine in 1946. He received his Certificate of Graduation from the University of Colorado School of Banking in 1958.

He served in the Third Army, European Theater, in World War II and was recalled for the Korean War. After discharge, he joined The First National Bank of Santa Fe, was Vice President and Cashier for a number of years, and retired in 1984 as Senior Vice President after 32 years.

He is active in many community organizations, particularly The Nature Conservancy, and was former Chairman and Trustee of El Rancho de las Golondrinas, and Trustee of the Board of Randall Davey Audubon Center.

He has three children, four stepchildren, and thirteen grandchildren.

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