Duke Ligon has built a record of supporting nonprofits in Oklahoma City throughout his 40-year law career. Among the six Oklahoma City-based charitable organizations on whose board of directors Duke Ligon sits is the St. Anthony’s Foundation, which supports St. Anthony’s Hospital.
In July 2016, construction was completed on the hospital’s new 110,000-square-foot pavilion, marking the completion of the redevelopment of St. Anthony’s Midtown campus, a project that took 12 years to complete. One of the most important upgrades to the pavilion is the 27,000-square-foot emergency room complete with 34 exam rooms and two trauma rooms - the hospital’s previous emergency room was just 9,000 square feet.
As a result of the upgrade, the emergency room can now serve more patients while reducing their expected wait times. It is also now better prepared to offer help to patients with mental health conditions due to an area solely dedicated for behavioral medicine patients. The four-story pavilion also features progressive and intensive care units with a combined 48 inpatient beds.
Oklahoma City resident Duke Ligon is an attorney who has experience in energy policy and investment banking. Currently the owner of Mekusukey Oil Company, Duke Ligon is involved in numerous charities, including the Oklahoma City Philharmonic (OKCPHIL) Foundation, where he serves on the board of directors.
Founded in 1988, the OKCPHIL is a musical orchestra that performs classical music, orchestral pops, and family concerts. The organization has a vision to enrich the lives of individuals in the community and display the value of music. In addition to performing, the OKCPHIL participates in community engagements and maintains several adult programs.
Adult programs at the OKCPHIL include the Be the Orchestra program, which allows adults the opportunity to learn the violin, viola, cello and bass instruments. Prior to each Classic Series concert, the OKCPHIL holds concert previews that include question-and-answer sessions and networking opportunities with leading musicians, concert masters, and other professionals. Lastly, university music majors can participate in classes with guess artists, which are free and open to the public.
Attorney and businessman Duke Ligon serves as president and CEO of the company he established more than 40 years ago, Mekusukey Oil Company, LLC. The company is among the nation's largest privately held businesses focused on acquiring and managing perpetual mineral resources; it conducts business in Oklahoma and more than 20 other states. Mekusukey maintains offices in Wewoka and in Oklahoma City. Duke Ligon and his staff oversee operations covering approximately 80,000 net mineral acres.