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Paul W. Ambrose

Age: 32

Hometown: Washington, D.C., USA

Occupation: Senior clinical adviser, Office of the Surgeon General

Location: Passenger, American Flight 77, Pentagon

"We wanted a mastiff because they're very sweet and gentle and good with children. We were looking for a breeder for several months. Then one day in December of 2000 I came home and Paul said, 'I got you an early Christmas present. It's on the bed.' The dog was 10 weeks old and he already weighed 27 pounds. We gave him that name because Paul was a very big fan of [linguist and philosopher] Noam Chomsky. We took him everywhere." -- Bianca Angelino, fiancee


Paul Wesley Ambrose, a family doctor in Arlington and a fellow at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, had everything to live for when he died aboard American Airlines Flight 77.

Ambrose, 32, was engaged to Bianca Angelino, whom he met at a medical conference last year. Their wedding was to take place next September in Madrid.

He was an avid rock climber, Angelino said, and was in such good shape from regular workouts that she felt sure he would have tried to stop the hijackers. "Paul was trained in tae kwon do and judo," she said. "He would not have let them hijack a flight without a fight. I know this for sure."

Ambrose, who lived in Northwest Washington, grew up in Huntington, W.Va., and attended Marshall University and its medical school. He did his residency at Dartmouth and received a master's degree in public health from Harvard University.

He had recently finished a report for HHS on obesity, and on Tuesday, he was flying to California for a conference on youth obesity prevention.

Angelino said that most of Ambrose's patients were Salvadoran immigrants and that he was interested in the culture of Spain, where he studied for a year.

-- Justin Blum

Source: The Washington Post, AP and

The profiles in this feature were written in the months following Sept. 11, 2001.

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