Thomasine Hendricks, 74, a retired education specialist in the bureau of public assistance in the old Departmentment of Health, Education and Welfare, died at Alexandria Hospital March 27 of complications following abdominal surgery.

Miss Hendricks joined the old Federal Security Administration in Washington in 1939. Her field was the training of social workers and she pursued it throughout her federal career. Among the insitutions she visited in this country as part of this work were the University of Chicago, Tulane University and Smith College.

From 1951 to 1955 she was a consultant on the education of social workers at the University of Panama while on leave from the federal government. In 1957 the government of Panama awarded her the Balboa Medal of Honor. In 1960, she worked with the Mexican department of social work, and in 1962 she became an adviser on social work and community development projects to the government of the Panama Canal Zone.

She retired from HEW in 1966 and lived in Alexandria.

Miss Henricks was born in Selma, Ala. She earned a bachelor's degree from Randolph Macon College in 1928 and a master's degree in social work from the University of Chicago in 1936. While at Chicago she worked in the university's psychiatric clinic for children. She also worked in social welfare programs in Alabama and Kentucky before moving to the Washington area.

Miss Hendricks published numerous articles in professional journals and from 1944 to 1949 was editor of "Current Practices in Staff Training." She was a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers and the American Public Welfare Association and was an honorary life member of the Panama Association of Social Workers.

She leave no immediate survivors.