Blackstone Inducted Into R. A. Long Hall of Fame
Bruce Blackstone, MD, of Longview Orthopedic Associates was one of 11 Lumberjack alums inducted into the school’s hall of fame at a ceremony on March 22nd.
A 1970 R. A. Long graduate, Blackstone lettered in football, track and wrestling. A three-year football letterman, he was the lone starting junior as a left tackle. He started at guard and defensive tackle as a senior. Blackstone was named team co-captain, and earned team MVP and Merit Award accolades and was named to the all-Southwest Washington Conference team.
Blackstone earned two letters in track and one in wrestling, where he placed third at the district meet at 191 pounds as a senior. He also earned the Johnny Hammer Memorial award at the conclusion of his senior wrestling season.
A walk-on with the football team at Stanford, he was a redshirt and later member of the scout team before earning varsity time as a backup guard in 1972. One year later, he was named starting right guard and earned Academic All-American honors.
Blackstone later enrolled at the University of Washington, where he earned his doctorate from the UW’s medical school in 1978 and completed orthopedic surgery training at the University of Utah in 1983.
He returned to Longview where he started Longview Orthopedic in 1983 and later worked in partnership to create Pacific Surgical Institute. In 2007, he was one of the first 500 doctors in the nation to receive certification in sports medicine.
Blackstone was a 2008 RAL Hall of Fame inductee in the Lifetime Achievement category for his continued support of the high school through free annual coaches’ clinics.
In 2009, Blackstone was recognized as a member of the Lower Columbia Area All-Century Team.