Clinton Sherban Thompson, 53, assistant director of the physicians' assistant department and a microbiology instructor at Howard University, was injured fatally Feb. 4 in an automobile accident in Jacksonville, Fla. He lived in Kensington.

A member of the Howard University faculty since 1973, he taught in the College of Allied Health Sciences. Mr. Thompson was a member of the continuing education committee and the university liaison committee for microbiology of the Center for Health Sciences and was a preceptor for the Health Sciences Institute.

His major interest was in the program under which doctors employ assistants and train them as primary care physicians.

He demonstrated results of the program at an NAACP convention and two National Medical Association conventions. He also appeared on television and radio shows in connection with the physicians' assistant program.

After serving with the Army in World War II, Mr. Thompson graduated from Howard University in 1949 and took graduate work at Columbia University. He served as a major with the Air Force in 1950-59.

Before joining the Howard faculty, he was a microbiologist in the cell biology section of the National Cancer Institute.

Mr. Thompson was a member of the American Society of Microbiologists, the Federation of Experimental Biologists, the American Society of Technologists, the Tissue Culture Association and the Association of Physicians' Assistant Programs.

He is survived by three daughters, V. Diane, of New York, and Sherry C. Peterson and Karen L., of Boston; his mother, Marjorie C. Roberts, of Boston; two brothers, Leslie B. Thompson, of Canada, and Harold Roberts Sr., of Boston, and two grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Physicians' Assistant Program at Howard Univer- [TEXT OMITTED FROM SOURCE]