The Duncan Founder’s Day tradition will continue this weekend after community members selected a king and queen to represent the city.
This year, two distinguished citizens, Dr. Robert Weedn and Vicki Malone, will receive the crown in the 39th year of the celebration.
Malone and Weedn will receive their crowns at 10:30 a.m. June 25 during the coronation ceremony at Fuqua Park in Duncan.
Malone’s qualifications for the queen candidate come from three local citizens.
According to a nomination for June McGuire, when Malone moved to Comanche she quickly became involved with the community and church by cooking meals for funeral dinners, teaching Sunday school classes and taking food to the sick.
According to McGuire, Malone’s involvement continued through working with OHCE (Oklahoma Home and Community Education), and through serving as president of the group.
A nomination from Nancy Carter said Malone took care of her family and her church family while working with the compassion clinic as well as with the Gleaners club.
“She has always done anything for me that I asked or didn’t even have to ask,” Carter said. “She has taken care of me during surgeries and after surgery. She is truly my best friend.”
A nomination from Carol Allison said Malone has resided in Stephens County for the past 61 years, where she’s worked as a secretary in the payroll department at Halliburton Company before transferring to Chemical Research.
“She has been a member of the Gleaners Oklahoma Home and Community Education Group since 1966, serving in all officer positions,” Allison said. “She is a true leader.”
Allison shared how Malone has led a Relay for Life group, supported the Toy Shop through various events, all while braiding chew toys for the humane society.
Weedn, on the other hand, was born in 1940 at Weedn Hospital in Duncan.
According to Weedn, his family roots run deep through Duncan — from his grandfather, Robert Henry Brown, who was the second mayor of Duncan and also practiced law for 68 years, locally, to his paternal grandfather, Alva James Weedn, M.D. who established Weedn Hospital in 1919.
Weedn married Julie in 1966 and had three children, Robert, Ashley and Travis.
“Outside my family, my greatest love have been my profession, patients and colleagues,” Weedn said. “I graduated from the OU School of Medicine in 1967 and completed a general surgery and subsequent Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery residency in July 1973, at which time I returned to practice surgery in Duncan, ultimately retiring at 80 in September 2020. I returned home to Duncan with a great deal of encouragement from many friends and family.”
According to Weedn, when he came to Duncan as a surgeon, he had challenges, as well as many opportunities.
“I was honored to play a leadership role in DRH’s development into the top 100 hospitals in the United States today,” he said. “None of this could have occurred without the great vision and leadership of many outstanding Duncanites — both physicians and lay people, past and present.”
According to Weedn, he’s been able to serve at the Oklahoma State Medical Association, and had leadership roles with Oklahoma Surgical Society and the Oklahoma Chapter of the American College of Surgeons.
Weedn received the Duncan Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service award in 2016. Currently, Weedn’s work includes his involvement with Gabriel’s House and their future building.