Keith Balderston receives Leo Harris Award

EUGENE – Former University of Oregon men's basketball forward Dr. Keith Balderston will be honored with the Leo Harris Award as the Ducks' top alumni letterman as part of the school's homecoming activities prior to the start of Saturday night's football game against UCLA.

The award, which is named after the university's first Director of Athletics Leo Harris (1948-67), is given annually to a Ducks' former athlete who has excelled in achievement and community service since leaving the university a minimum of 20 years ago.

The former Wilson High School graduate in Portland was a three-year starter for the Ducks, who advanced to the National Invitation Tournament his senior year in 1988. Graduating cum laude with a degree in biology in the spring of 1988, he completed his collegiate tenure second on the school's career ledger in field goal accuracy (53.1%) and seventh on the all-time list in free throw percentage (76.4%), as well as sixth on Oregon's single-season free throw percentage chart (83.6%) during the 1987-88 campaign.

Averaging 6.6 points and 4.3 rebounds in 106 games over the course of his career (1984-88), he accounted for a single-game best 23 points vs. Lamar as a junior and 13 rebounds against Tennessee Tech his sophomore year.

The three-year starter was a three-time GTE Academic All-America selection and three-time academic all-conference choice, and was a recipient of a NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship. Balderston also was bestowed the university's Emerald Athletic Trophy as the university's top senior student-athlete.

Balderston earned his medical degree from Oregon Health Sciences University in 1992, completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at OHSU in 1996, and a fellowship in maternal fetal medicine at Long Beach (Calif.) Memorial Women's Hospital.

The former medical director of the Perinatal Center at Portland's Doernbecher Children's Hospital (1999-2002) and perinatologist at OHSU's maternal-fetal medicine division within the department of obstetrics and gynecology (1999-2002), Balderston currently is director of perinatology for the Center for Genetics and Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene.

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