Frank Davis Bishop, 53, a personnel management specialist with the Navy's office of civilian personnel, died Friday at Northern Virginia Doctors Hospital after a stroke.

At the time of his death, he was assistant civilian personnel manager of the Naval Air Systems Command.

Mr. Bishop came to Washington in 1973 as head of the examiner/investigator and discrimination complaint section of the Navy's Capital area personnel services office.

Born in Thomaston, Ga., he served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and later was an aircraft instrument mechanic and instructor at the Naval Air Station in Norfolk.

He began his career in civilian personnel management with the Navy in 1948, continuing to severe at the Naval Base in Norfolk and later at the Pearl Harbor Shipyard.

In 1967, Mr. Bishop became director of civilian personnel, Atlantic Division, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, in Norfolk. He held positions in Charleston, S.C., before coming here.

While with the Navy, he had attended Hampden-Sydney College, Corpnell University, Marywood College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

In 1971, he was appointed a Navy appeals and grievance examiner for the Navy Department. He held a number of awards for outstanding performance.

A commercial pilot, Mr. Bishop was a member of the Navy League, Khedive Temple of the Masons, the Air Force Association, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and Toast-masters International.

He was a former president and current national executive secretary of the Naval Civilian Administrators Association and was a member of the Northern Virginia and Pentagon One Chapters of Federally Employed Women.

He is survived by his wife, Doris Jackson Bishop, of the home in Woodbridge, and his mother, Lillie B. Pearson, of Norfolk.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy may be in the form of contributions to the Cardiac Unit at Northern Virginia Doctors Hospital.