Edwin Russell Durno
From 1961's Pocket Congressional Directory of the Eighty-Seventh Congress.
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Oregon's 4th district
January 3, 1961 - January 3, 1963
|Charles O. Porter|
|Robert B. Duncan|
|Member of the Oregon Senate|
|Born||January 26, 1899|
Linn County, Oregon
|Died||November 20, 1976 (aged 77)|
Edwin Russell Durno (January 26, 1899 - November 20, 1976) was a physician, politician, an infantry sergeant who was awarded a Purple Heart, and a basketball player recognized in the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame.
Durno was born on a farm in Linn County, Oregon, near Albany. He attended public schools in Silverton and attended the University of Oregon, where he starred on the Ducks' basketball team. Durno was the school's first basketball All-American and was a three-time All-Pacific Coast Conference selection. A prolific scorer, Durno led the Ducks to the 1919 conference title and was team captain during his senior year of 1921. He was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1981, and the University of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1992.
Durno served in both World War I (as an infantry sergeant) and World War II (in the Medical Corps) where he was awarded the Purple Heart for his service. Durno returned to Oregon after World War II where he practiced medicine in Medford and served on the Oregon Board of Medical Examiners from 1947 to 1958.
In 1958, he was elected to the Oregon State Senate, and in 1960, was elected to the United States House of Representatives, unseating liberal Democrat Charles O. Porter. Doubtful of reelection in a politically marginal district, he did not seek reelection to the House in 1962, instead seeking the Republican nomination for Wayne Morse's seat in Oregon's 1962 U. S. Senate election. Durno lost the nomination to former state Treasurer Sig Unander. Durno was succeeded by Democrat Robert B. Duncan and returned to his medical practice in Medford, retiring from politics. Durno died in 1976.