Edwin Durno

Edwin Russell Durno 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. He was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing Oregon’s 4th congressional district from 1961 to 1963.

Durno was the University of Oregon’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 Sig Unander and returned to his medical practice in Medford. Durno died in 1976.