Houston Treasures

Jan Ellis Duncan and Dan Duncan (in memoriam)


Photo by: Alexander’s Fine Portrait Design

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Publisher’s note: Dan Duncan passed away in April, 2010. His contributions to our community are innumberable and his legacy lives on through his remarakable family and accomplishments.

Dan L. Duncan co-founded a natural gas liquids company with one truck, two partners and modest finances in 1968. Today, he is chairman of multi-billion dollar EPCO, Inc. His extraordinary business success has enabled extraordinary philanthropy.

Dan’s good fortune is no accident. His business acumen has earned him the recognition of the most prestigious awards and accolades in the energy industry. Perhaps no coincidence, Dan is an avid hunter and onservationist, the recipient of the highest honors in nature conservancy and hunting skill.

Jan Ellis Duncan taught second grade for fourteen years before marrying Dan in 1989. She continues to focus her time and energy on doing God’s work. Jan serves on the board of the Intercessors of the Lamb, a community dedicated to the contemplative formation of God’s people for the ministry of intercession.

Jan also serves on the board of the Friends of Our Lady Apostolate and is involved with the Society of the Body of Christ which ministers to the sick, the dying, the elderly, the needy, the alienated, and the abused. Jan’s greatest joys in life come from giving of herself so that individuals can experience God’s love for them.

Jan and Dan attend St. Theresa Church in Memorial Park and support the church and school. Jan and Dan have hosted numerous events for charities in their home and recently co-chaired an event that raised $6 million for prostate cancer research at Baylor College of Medicine. With their family, Dan and Jan gave $35 million toward an ambulatory care building for Baylor College of Medicine.

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