After a courageous battle against sarcoma, it is with great sadness that the Scott family shares the passing of their beloved husband, father and friend. Kenneth L. Scott (known affectionately as "Kenny" to most) was a man of many passions and talents. He was a successful scientist, educator, athlete, and a devoted Christian, husband and father.
Kenny received his PhD from Baylor College of Medicine in 2005. He subsequently did his postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University, Dana Farber Cancer Institute where he began his career as a cancer researcher. In 2009, he and his family moved back to Houston where he joined the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics. Kenny excelled as a scientist and conducted innovative research aimed at understanding the molecular underpinnings of cancer. He had many colleagues with whom he enjoyed working and collaborating. He was the recipient of numerous grants and awards from prestigious national organizations and foundations, such as the Pancreatic Cancer Foundation Network-American Association for Cancer Research Cancer Career Development Award in 2014 and the Theodore T. Puck Award for Scientific Research Excellence 2008. His work was published in leading medical research journals. In addition to research in the laboratory, one of the things that brought Kenny the most joy and sense of achievement was teaching and mentoring students and trainees.
Kenny also enjoyed the challenge of endurance racing and was a three time Ironman Triathlete. He actually finished his last Ironman just a few weeks prior to receiving a diagnosis of sarcoma in his pelvis in 2015. Over the next two years, he endured many rounds of chemotherapy as well as major surgery to remove the tumor. However, despite these efforts, he succumbed to cancer on November 9, 2017.
Kenny leaves behind his wife of 19 years, Laurel, and his two children Rachel, 12, and Nathan, 9. Prior to his passing, Kenny expressed many times his deep gratitude to his doctors, friends, colleagues, church family and his family members for all their love and support through his cancer journey.
Kenny also requested that in lieu of flowers, he desired for family, friends and colleagues to make donations to the Amschwand Sarcoma Cancer Foundation (A Shelter for Cancer Families). If you would like to make a contribution in memory of Kenny, you may do so here or you may send a check to ASCF at 4115 Drake, Suite #4, Houston TX 77005. The Scott family thanks you in advance for your support.
All contributions will be tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. The Scott family will be notified of all donations.