Dr. Genevieve E. Poole, 81, retired director of the Hannah Harrison School, a vocational school for women in Washington, died at Montgomery General Hospital in Olney on Thursday following a heart attack. m

Dr. Poole was born in Kossuth, Iowa. She graduated from Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant Iowa, and earned a master's degree in personnel and guidance at the university of Iowa in 1930.

During the 1930s, she was dean of women at the State Teachers College in New Britain, Conn., now Central Connecticut State College, and then at the State Teachers College in Lock Haven, Pa., now Lock Haven State College.

She moved to Washington in 1942 and became chief of employe relations in the office of the Army surgeon general. She held that post until 1948.

She joined the research and training staff of the Woodward & Lothrop department store and remained there until 1953, when she became director of the Hannah Harrison School. After her retirement in 1963, she was a counsellor at American University until about 1969. She later worked at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

She received an honorary doctorate from Iowa Wesleyan College in 1964.

Dr. Poole was a member of the National Association of Deans of Women, now the National Association of Women Deans, Administrators and Counsellors. She also was a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, and educational organization, and founded its first Washington chapters in the 1940s.

She lived in Wheaton at the time of her death and was a member of the foundry Metodist Church in Washington.

Survivors include a sister, Mildred Swanson, of Newington, Conn.