Scott Allen Houser, a mechanical engineer and former Westminster resident, died of an inoperable brain tumor Oct. 30 at Inova Hospital in Fairfax, Va. He was 34 and lived in Reston, Va.
"Scott had been diagnosed two weeks ago with an inoperable brain tumor," said his mother, Ginny Houser, a retired Carroll County educator and aerobics instructor who lives in Westminster.
Mr. Houser was born in Stevens Point, Wis., and raised in Westminster. While a student at Westminster High School, he lettered in soccer and track. He was co-valedictorian and scholar athlete of the year in his 1987 graduating class. While in high school, he worked part time at Baugher's Fruit Market and at Duke's Car Wash.
A National Merit Scholar, Mr. Houser was awarded a Cornell Tradition Fellowship at Cornell University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1991 in mechanical engineering. He earned a master's degree in the discipline from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University at Blacksburg.
"There were four criteria that he had to fulfill in order to be awarded a Cornell Tradition Fellowship," Mrs. Houser said. "He had to have good grades and worked during high school. He also had to be active in his church and do volunteer work."
At his death, Mr. Houser was a research fellow at Logistics Management Institute in McLean, Va. Earlier, he worked for several years in Charleston, S.C., training nuclear-reactor operators who were assigned to submarines.
Last year, he married Emily Yance, an analyst with the Fairfax County Police Department.
Mr. Houser was a member of Westminster Baptist Church, 354 Crest Lane, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday.
In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by his father, Larry Houser, mathematics supervisor for Carroll County public schools who lives in Westminster; and a brother, Lee Houser of Spokane, Wash.