Gilbert G. Pompa, 54, director of the Justice Department's Community Relations Service and an assistant attorney general, died April 27 of cardiac arrest at his home in Fairfax.

Mr. Pompa had a private law practice and was a prosecutor in city and county court systems in Texas before joining the CRS in Texas in 1967. He transferred to Washington in 1969 and became the assistant director of field services. He was named director and an assistant attorney general in 1978. He remained in those posts until his death.

A native of Devine, Tex., Mr. Pompa graduated from St. Mary's University in Texas, where he also earned a law degree. He was an Air Force veteran.

He served on the boards of the American Red Cross, the National Hispanic Correctional Association and the League of United Latin American Citizens. He was a founder of IMAGE (Involvement of Mexican-Americans in Gainful Endeavors) and the National Conference of Hispanic Law Enforcement Officers, Inc.

Survivors include his wife, Hermelinda B., of Fairfax; two daughters, Janiece Pompa of Salt Lake City and Darlene P. O'Toole of Fairfax; a son, Gilbert R., of Fairfax; his mother Manuella Pompa of Devine; three sisters, and one brother.