Dr. Calvin B. LeCompte, 85, professor emeritus of anesthesiology at Howard University who was chief of anesthesiology at old Freemen's Hospital for more than 25 years and chief medical officer at the Lorton Reformatory for nearly 10 years, died of cardiac arrest Tuesday at Howard University Hospital.
A native of Baltimore, Dr. LeCompte was a resident physician and chief of anesthesia at Provident Hospital there. wHe moved to Washington in the 1930s. He was chief of the department of anesthesia at Freedmen's Hospital, now Howard University Hospital from 1939 until his retirement in 1962.
Also in 1939, he became associate professor of anesthesiology at Howard University's College of Medicine. He subsequently served as chief of the division of anesthesia for many years, retiring from there in 1965.
Dr. LeCompte also was a consultant in anesthesia to the Glendale Tuberculosis Sanitarium in Maryland in the 1940s. From 1967 until 1978, he was chief medical officer for the D.C. Department of Corrections at Lorton, where he treated inmates.
Dr. LeCompte served as president of the Freedmen's Hospital Welfare Association for 10 years in the 1940s and 1950s, during which time the 1940s credit union and employes' group hospitalization plan were established.
A 1922 graduate of Howard University, Dr. LeCompte also earned his medical degree from Howard in 1929. He served his internship at Freedmen's Hospital and did postgraduate work at Massachusetts General Hospital, the University of Pennsylvania and New York Unversity.
During World War I, he was a sergeant in Battery E, 349th Field Artillery, in France. He received the Purple Heart Medal and the French Croix de Guerre.
Dr. LeCompte, who lived in Washington, was a fellow of the International College of Anesthesiologists and a member of numerous other professional organizations, including the National Medical Asociation, the American Society of Anesthetists Inc., the MedicoChirurgical Society and The D.C. Medical Society of Anesthesiologists. He was president emeritus of the Howard University Medical Alumni Association and the Association of Former Internes and Residents of Freedmen's Hospital.
In addition, he was a 33rd degree Mason and a member of the Prince Hall Masonic Order.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, the former Rhea Eloise Jones, and a son, Calvin B. Jr., both of Washington; a daughter, Mary E. Johnston of Silver Spring; three sisters, Arnetia Annapolis, and Edwina Tobias of Baltimore; a brother, Ferdinand, of Conneticut, and five grandchildren.