"I was in a gift shop and I was drawn to it like a magnet," Brown said. "It says so beautifully what I thought about the event and especially about Paul."
He talks about Paul to any new student who walks into his office. Next semester, Brown will help teach a writing class for medical students. For an assignment, they'll have to write and reflect on the Andreas print, he said.
He hopes to inspire students with Paul's story. His daughter's boyfriend, Matt Weimer, left Paul's memorial service last year with newfound ambition. He was a medical student already interested in the medically underserved, "but he was so inspired by so many comments at the service," Brown said.
Paul, for example, volunteered three nights a week at an Arlington, Va., clinic for non-English speaking Central American refugees.
Paul also helped a janitor at a local health club become a personal trainer during his Dartmouth University Hospital residency. The former janitor drove from New Hampshire to Huntington for the memorial service.
Weimer returned to school and joined the local AMSA. He also joined the National Health Service Corps, where he gets scholarship money for working in a medically underserved area upon graduation.
Nicole Grieve, a second-year medical student at Marshall, first heard about Paul from her professors. They posted newspaper articles about Paul around the school and talked about him.
Paul and his accomplishments encouraged her to become more proactive. She joined Marshall's AMSA chapter and is now its president.
"It certainly got me more interested in AMSA," she said. "Medical students have so much work and they're so busy and so focused on their day-to-day things. From Paul, we learned to think outside yourself and of what's going on, on a national or international basis or what's going on in your community."
'He was never into safe choices'
At 32, Paul was about to author the U.S. Surgeon General's report on obesity.
"It gives us real encouragement," Walker said. "To think he came through here and went on to where he was going to go. He accomplished more in the area of public health and preventive medicine at his age than I think anyone in the nation."
But Paul wasn't perfect. He was an above-average student, said his professors, but didn't work as hard as he should in his basic science classes.
Paul was restless. He organized activities far beyond his classroom studies, they said. In a 1994 Charleston Gazette article, a 25-year-old Paul described a group he started at Marshall. The Society for Future Medicine rallied socially conscious medical students to help patients who did not have adequate access to health care.
"He was extremely bright and should have made straight A's," Brown said. "I gave him his only 'C' in medical school — although I didn't give it to him, he earned it."
Paul dated a lot of girls, "although Bianca was special," Walker said.
He was mischievous. Paul loved practical jokes and rock climbing, even scaling some nearby structures.
"We don't need to go into that," Walker joked. "I don't want to give students any ideas."
Ken later admitted that his son scaled the water tower.
"Paul was a risk taker," Walker added. "If Paul knew he was taking significant risks to fly in an airplane [on Sept. 11] to contribute to public health, I think he still would have taken that risk. He didn't follow the rules.
"And somehow, I have to take comfort in that," he added. "He was never into safe choices."
Paul did what any normal medical student would not do, they said. He took time off from medical school to study health policy in Spain. After graduating from medical school, he didn't immediately start his residency — an unheard of idea for any future doctor, Walker said.
Instead, Paul took a year off to become AMSA's legislative affairs director.
In memory of Paul, Marshall University started a scholarship fund for medical students who, like Paul, traveled the nontraditional route. "We want it spent in a way that will further Paul's values and career path, and encourage nontraditional interests in public health, the underserved and someone who has that unusual spirit," Walker said.
People worldwide have put "well over $100,000" into the fund, Brown said. They've received contributions from people who knew Paul from AMSA, Dartmouth and Washington, D.C., among other places. West Virginians and strangers have donated money. Even people who met Paul while sitting next to him on a plane or train contributed funds.
Walker and Brown also hope to raise separate funds to start a symposium and lecture in Paul's memory. The lectures would tackle issues in international health, preventive medicine and the plight of people who don't have access to doctors.
'I don't have the strength or energy'
On a recent Friday afternoon, Ken Ambrose picked up the front page of the Huntington Herald-Dispatch from a desk in his Marshall office. "9/11 tragedy still affects aviation," read the main headline.
"It's constantly in front of you," he said.
As a sociology professor, he said, he avoids discussion of Sept. 11 attacks, even if it applies to his lectures.
Talking about individuals who gave their lives to be part of a group? He'll discuss World War II kamikaze pilots and certain cults. Not the Islamic extremists who killed his youngest son.
"I just don't want to deal with it at this point," he said. "Other professors do, but I do not personally use that example."
Ken avoids discussions about who in the intelligence community knew what before the terrorists killed thousands of people. Or President Bush's approach to the war on terror.
"Psychologically and emotionally, I'm not ready to deal with this," he said, pausing and looking briefly out his office window. "The hurt that I feel at this time, I just don't have the strength or energy to debate politics."
When times were easy and good
Two weeks ago, Angelino, Sharon, Ken and Paul's best friend from childhood gathered at the Ambrose home. They traded Paul stories. Paul's friend showed Sharon and Ken a tattoo he got on his arm of the Sept. 11 Pentagon memorial emblem. Ken wears a similar emblem on a chain around his neck
Angelino works for the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine. She and Paul planned to get married this month in a castle in Spain.
"She has her up and down days," Sharon said.
Sharon pulled a crinkled photo of her and Paul from her purse. The edges were curling, but you could still see Paul's bright blue eyes.
"Those eyes, they were something else," said his mom. "It was the Fourth of July, we were in front of the Capitol with, like 9 million other people about two years ago," she said, smoothing the edges of the photo. "You can see his eyes so clearly; that's why I like it so much."
Ken and Sharon will both travel to D.C. on Sept. 10 to be with Angelino for the one-year anniversary.
But first, she plans a short excursion to Norway with an old college roommate. Sharon and her college roommate hadn't talked in 20 years, until Sharon called her the day after Sept. 11.
"I guess I wanted to talk to someone who reminded me of when times were easy and good," she said.
Those interested in contributing to the Paul Ambrose Scholarship fund should send checks to Linda Holmes, Marshall University School of Medicine, 1600 Medical Center Drive, Huntington, WV 25701. Checks should be made payable to Marshall University Foundation.
To contact staff writer Joy Davia, use e-mail or call 348-1254.