Phyllis J. Verhonick, 35, a professor of clinical nursing at the University of Virginia, died of a heart attack Oct. 1, at her home in Charlottesville.

A member of the university faculty since 1968. She had served for more than 20 years with the Army Nurse Corps. reaching thre rank of lieutenant colonel.

Born in Enumclaw, Wash., Dr. Verhonick earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Portland, and a master's degree and doctorate in education from Columbia University.

She enlisted in the Army in 1945, serving with the Nurse Corps in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan.

Later she was detailed to the Pan American Health Organization of the World Health Organization, and spent a number of years doing research and teaching clinical nursing in Jamaica. Guyana, Venezuela, and other countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Dr. Verhonick was first assistant chief for nursing research and chief of the nursing department at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research here from 1958 to 1968.

She was the author of "Descriptive Study Methods in Nursing" and published 38 articles in various professional journals.

Dr. Verhonick was a charter member of the American Academy of Nursing. She was on the board of directors of the Virginia Nurses Association, and belonged to the American Nuses Association and the American Nurses Foundation. She was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Charlottesville.

She is survived by a sister, Verda Rummel, of Hamilton, Mont.