- The Washington Times - Friday, September 14, 2001

The list of local residents who were aboard a hijacked jet that was crashed into the Pentagon continued to grow yesterday to include a young doctor who just gotten engaged to his longtime girlfriend and a father of two who was going to California to pick up the family dog.
At least 20 local men, women and children were among the 64 passengers and crew members who were killed when American Airlines Flight 77, which originated from Washington Dulles International Airport, crashed into the five-sided military headquarters early Tuesday.
Dr. Paul Ambrose, 32, of Northwest, had worked with U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher and the secretary of Health and Human Services over the last two years. Dr. Ambrose became engaged to Bianca Angelino last week, and the couple had planned to marry in Spain next fall.
Originally from Huntington, W.Va., Dr. Ambrose earned a master's degree in public health at Harvard University in 1999. At the time of his death, he was more than halfway through a fellowship with the Association of Teachers of Preventative Medicine.
Dr. Satcher said he and Dr. Ambrose had just completed a report about obesity and met about two weeks ago to make its final edits. The surgeon general said Dr. Ambrose will be greatly missed.
"Paul was a brilliant physician who was very sensitive," Dr. Satcher said. "He was an up-and-coming star in the area of public health. He was destined to be one of the great leaders."
Dr. Ambrose's older brother died of a congenital health problem, also at the age of 32.
Also on the plane was tax attorney Todd H. Reuben, a father of 11-year-old twin sons, who was on his way to meet with a client in California. Mr. Reuben, who lived in Potomac, had been an attorney with Venable, Baetjer, Howard and Civiletti since 1989, when he graduated from George Washington School of Law.
Yesterday, Mr. Reuben's co-workers described him as a "true family man who always put his family first."
"He was a wonderful person," said law firm partner Stefan Tucker. "He always had a smile on his face. His family always came first, then friends, and then law. Law was just a practice. It didn't consume him."
Mr. Tucker said Mr. Reuben spent most of his free time with his sons, Jeffrey and Jason, and the three recently visited the Washington Redskins training camp. Mr. Reuben was married to his college sweetheart, Vivian, for 13 years.
Mr. Reuben was a member of the Taxation and Probate and Real Property sections of the District of Columbia Bar Association and of the American Bar Association.
A husband and father of two young children, Christopher Newton, 38, was on his way to Anaheim, Calif., to pick up his yellow Labrador retriever and bring the dog back to the family's new house. Mr. Newton, who was president and CEO of California-based WorkLife Benefits, a consulting firm, also was going to attend a three-day financial-planning conference with the firm's senior executives.
Mr. Newton and his family moved to Ashburn, Va., near Dulles Airport last month, his co-workers said yesterday. The Newtons left the family dog in California until they could settle into their new home.
Mr. Newton was scouting the metropolitan area for a site to relocate the firm. His co-workers called him "an extremely private man."
"We knew him to be an excellent fiscal manager, but knew little about his personal life," said Bill Gurzi, the firm's director of marketing.
Mr. Gurzi said Mr. Newton was so private that he kept an attache case with him at all times that had a "great deal of financial information, which only he was privy to." Mr. Gurzi said that case was with Mr. Newton on the flight.
Vicki Yancey of Springfield was headed to Reno, Nev., on business aboard the doomed flight. She worked in a building next to the Pentagon that did consulting work for the Navy. "She was really excited by the fact that the company was sending her on this site visit," said John Yancey, her father-in-law.
Mrs. Yancey is survived by her husband, David, and daughter, Michelle, a freshman at Virginia Tech.
National Geographic Society employees Ann Judge, of Great Falls, Va., and Joe Ferguson of the District were leading a group of D.C. schoolchildren and teachers on an field trip to the Channel Islands Marine Sanctuary near Santa Barbara, Calif.
Mrs. Judge, 49, had worked at National Geographic for 22 years and was the organization's travel-office director.
"She launched National Geographic photographers and writers on countless assignments to the world's most remote corners, with wit and a can-do attitude," said Betty Hudson, the group's senior vice president.
Mr. Ferguson was the group's director of geography-education outreach, a program that tried to improve the teaching of geography in classrooms. "The teachers he worked with loved him for it," Miss Hudson said.
William E. Caswell, 54, of Silver Spring, was a physicist who received his doctorate from Princeton University. Mr. Caswell worked for the Navy on classified projects that he said little about, according to his parents. Mr. Caswell frequently flew from Dulles to Los Angeles on business. Flight 77 was his last.
When his parents first heard of the attack on the World Trade Center, they immediately thought of their daughter who lives near the buildings, said Jean Caswell, his mother.
"We didn't even think of him," she said of her son. "Then we realized he was flying and for hours we didn't hear anything. It was just awful."
This article is based in part on wire service reports.


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