The Algodon Club is proud to announce the 2021 Royal Court .

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Catherine Lyn Duncan

Catherine Lyn Duncan, daughter of Bob and Patty Duncan, has been named Algodon Queen for 2021. Queen Catherine attends Northwestern University in Evanston Illinois.  Catherine has been accepted to the Medill School of Journalism and has made the Northwestern University Dean’s List.  Catherine graduated from Harlingen High School South in 2020 where she was the Valedictorian, a National Merit Scholar Commendation, and a National AP Scholar.  During her high school career, Catherine was Captain of the varsity swim team, President of the National Honor Society, and first chair flute in the Honor Band.  In her spare time, Catherine continues to play piano, guitar, and flute, and participates in Club Water Polo at Northwestern University.  She was a Little Princess in 2010, her grandparents Bob and Marilyn Duncan were Don and Dona in 1995, her Aunt Nancy Duncan Yates was Lady-in-Waiting in 1985, and her Aunt and Uncle Nancy and Mark Yates were on the Board of Directors for the Algodon Club.  Catherine’s family has been engaged in the cotton industry and cotton ginning business for 135 years.  John Belton Duncan first established Lake Gin in Bellevue, TX in 1884. Catherine’s great-great grandfather, William Andrew Duncan, later established Duncan Gin in Haskell, Texas in 1922. Duncan Gin operated for 53 years under the later management of her great-grandfather Leo C. Duncan until its sale in 1976. Catherine’s grandfather, Bob Duncan Sr. grew up in the family ginning business and later relocated to the Rio Grande Valley following his graduation with a Textile Engineering degree from Texas Tech University. Along with his business partner, Ross Bigham, Bob Duncan Sr. purchased Santa Maria Gin in the mid-1950’s and later Electric Gin in San Benito, Texas. Bob Sr. managed Electric Gin until 2001 when he and Tommy Woolam purchased RGV Gin Company in Harlingen, combining their two San Benito based gin businesses into a single, larger capacity gin. Bob Sr. actively managed RGV Gin Company through his 89 th birthday until 2019, retiring shortly before his death in 2020. Catherine’s father, Bob Duncan Jr., grew up in the family ginning business, working every summer from the age of 11 until graduation from college. Catherine’s family continues to be involved in the ownership of the RGV Gin.