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Walter Budko

Walter Budko

Walter Budko, a retired insurance sales agent who was a first-round draft choice of the old Baltimore Bullets basketball team, where he played for three seasons, died of cancer May 25 at Stella Maris Hospice. The Timonium resident was 87.

According to the New-York Historical Society, Mr. Budko was the first man to score more than 1,000 career points for the Columbia University basketball team. Sportswriters nicknamed him "Boards" because of his ability to rebound. He was inducted into the Columbia Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.

Born in Kearny, N.J., and raised in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, N.Y., he attended Trinity High School in Manhattan and then...