Patricia B. Pompilo, 66, child psychologist at school

March 16, 1996|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Patricia B. Pompilo, a retired child psychologist who worked with hearing- and speech-impaired children, died March 7 of lung cancer at her Roland Park residence. She was 66.

Mrs. Pompilo retired last year from the Gateway School on St. Paul Street, where she had worked since 1986. Earlier, she was staff pediatric psychologist at the former North Charles Hospital and had been a psychology technician at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

After raising her three children, Mrs. Pompilo returned to school to fulfill her dream of becoming a child psychologist.

She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology from Antioch University in 1975. She earned a master's degree as a reading specialist from the Johns Hopkins University in 1978, and a master's degree in clinical psychology from Towson State University in 1984.

"The range of problems encountered at the school are quite wide and she was able to relate to them," said Claire Freeland, consulting psychologist at the Gateway School. "She always displayed a lot of tenderness when working with the children."

Despite her illness, Mrs. Pompilo continued working with her students.

In a letter to Mrs. Pompilo's husband, Peter T. Pompilo, a semi-retired Baltimore clinical psychologist, Mrs. Freeland wrote: "A gentle lady quietly sweeps into the classroom and finds herself surrounded by children's voices. 'Is it my turn to go with you?' The children Pat worked with were eager for their time with her. They were guaranteed an oasis in their day and were treated to warmth and insight unsurpassed by anyone."

Holly North, former principal of Gateway, said, "What stands out foremost about Pat was her commitment and generosity to people and to programs without need or desire for any recognition."

Born Patricia Roper in Miller, Neb., and raised in Ravenna, Ohio, she met Mr. Pompilo while attending Kent State University. They married in 1949 and settled in Baltimore in 1950.

Mrs. Pompilo was a cat fancier and had two Himalayans named Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. She was an avid gardener and bird-watcher, and took great delight in watching the birds that daily arrived at the feeders on her townhouse deck. She also enjoyed visiting Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge with her family.

A memorial service will be held at 11: 30 a.m. March 23 at Stony Run Friends Meeting House, 5116 N. Charles St.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Carol A. Pompilo of Baltimore, Paula L. Carlyle of Sykesville and Jan A. Pompilo of Tucson, Ariz.; and three grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, P.O. Box 62, Chincoteague, Va. 23336.

Pub Date: 3/16/96

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