Oklahoma City resident Duke Ligon is an attorney and business leader who leverages more than four decades of experience in his work with the Mekusukey Oil Company. In addition to his work, Duke Ligon sits on the boards of several nonprofit organizations in Oklahoma City, including the Civil War Trust.
Reinforcing its mission to protect civil war battlegrounds, the Civil War Trust offers Battle Apps® for iPhones and Android devices. Each free app gives users information about important Civil War battles.
The apps incorporate GPS technology to show battlefield locations, including a time-phase feature that highlights the exact positions of Confederate and Union units during key battles. With the map activated, users can traverse the battlegrounds and gain a greater understanding of what occurred at each location.
The Civil War Trust partners with historians to create content for its Battle Apps®. Each one features in-depth accounts of battles by experts in the field.
The senior vice president of Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy Corporation between 1997 and 2007, Duke Ligon previously spent 12 years practicing law in New York City. Duke Ligon currently is on the board of directors of the St. Anthony Foundation, which serves the needs of St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
The St. Anthony Foundation accepts donations to its Heritage Fund to provide vital resources to physicians and their patients and allow the hospital to improve its facilities through the purchase of new medical equipment. The fund splits these donations among a number of smaller funds focused on specific areas of the hospital, including cardiology, cancer, and mental health.
Donors are offered the option of designating where their donations are used. Visit www.givetosaints.com to learn more about the St. Anthony Foundation and its Heritage Fund.
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.
Duke Ligon is the former strategic advisor for Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc., headquartered in Oklahoma City. Duke Ligon is also a previous executive director of Love’s Entrepreneurship Center at Oklahoma City University, a program that aims to provide entrepreneurial students with the tools they need to pursue their ambitions following graduation.
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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.