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Albany Institute of History and Art loses an institution

Van Hoesen, who has been married for 33 years and has two daughters, attended Bethlehem High School, and joined the Army during the Vietnam War. He attended electronics school and served in Germany for two years, where he learned how to draw objects to scale and make charts.

Now a resident of Clarksville, before working for the museum, Van Hoesen's first job was doing construction for the Town of New Scotland.

However, Van Hoesen, who as a child treasured the works of Michelangelo and Leonardo DaVinci, wondered how he could incorporate his passion for art and carpentry skills he learned from his father, William E. Van Hoesen, into a practical job. As it turned out, the position at the AIHA was the perfect fit.

Van Hoesen said that while his love of artwork attracted him to the job, it's been the people he has worked with that had kept him there for so many years.

"The staff is tremendous," he said. "The people are the nicest people, everyone that comes and goes is just super."

Upon retiring, Van Hoesen says he plans to spend more time on hobbies, like playing guitar, which he did in a local band many years ago called the "Helderberg Hillbillies" and doing artwork.

In the early 1970s, Van Hoesen won an award for "Best at the Fair" at the Altamont Fair for a door he carved out of birch wood.

As the for the AIHA, which held a goodbye breakfast for Van Hoesen last Wednesday, they have not found a replacement for him just yet, but agree it will be difficult to find one.

"Danny gets along with everybody. He's very conscientious, he's right there and you can always count on him," aid Rob Nilson, who was Van Hoesen's supervisor. "I hate to lose him."

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