Frances Alice Dillaway Tompkins (Baltimore Sun / May 4, 2012)

Frances D. Tompkins, a registered nurse who had been vice president and director of nursing at Union Memorial Hospital, died Tuesday of complications from pneumonia at the Oak Crest Village retirement community.

The longtime Stoneleigh resident was 92.

Frances Dillaway was born in Baltimore and raised on Stuart Avenue in the city's Forest Park neighborhood.

After graduating in 1937 from Forest Park High School, she earned a bachelor's degree in 1941 from what is now McDaniel College.

She earned her nursing degree in 1944 from the Union Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. She also earned a master's degree in education in 1963 from the Johns Hopkins University.

From 1953 to 1957, she was a nursing instructor at Union Memorial Hospital and was promoted in 1957 to director of the hospital's school of nursing.

Mrs. Tompkins was named vice president and director of nursing, positions she held until retiring in 1985.

Mrs. Tompkins also served as executive director of Marylanders for Malpractice Liability Reform.

After moving to Oak Crest Village in 1998, Mrs. Tompkins served on the Residents Advisory Committee and volunteered in the retirement community's care center.

She enjoyed working in pastels and listening to classical music. She had been a subscriber to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Mrs. Tompkins also traveled extensively throughout Europe and the Middle East with her close friend, Dorothy M. Scott, the Baltimore philanthropist who died last year.

"She had gotten to know Miss Scott through her work at Union Memorial," said a daughter, Kathleen Tompkins Cwalina of Towson.

Her husband of 21 years, Arthur C. Tompkins, a Baltimore & Ohio Railroad chemist, died in 1965.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the chapel at Oak Crest Village, 8800 Walther Blvd., Parkville.

Also surviving is another daughter, Virginia E. O'Rourke of Rodgers Forge; four grandsons; and three great-grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com