Vickie Warrick Stathos, 43, a former banker who won a $1 million legal malpractice settlement in Alexandria two years ago after her lawyer lost evidence in her medical malpractice case, died of breast cancer May 18 at her Manassas home.

Mrs. Stathos, a mortgage loan officer in the 1980s at Crestar Bank in Alexandria, Vienna and Annandale, had sued Femme Care, a Fairfax gynecology office, and the Northern Virginia Breast Imaging Center.

She alleged that personnel there improperly interpreted mammograms taken in 1992, allowing her cancer to spread undetected for 16 months.

She had to drop that suit in 1995 when her attorney, Benjamin W. Glass III, revealed that the mammograms had disappeared and that there were no copies.

Her case against Glass was featured on the "Today" show on NBC.

Mrs. Stathos was born in Arlington and raised in Alexandria. She was a graduate of Mount Vernon High School and Virginia Technical University. She did graduate work in sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University. As a young woman, she was a day-care teacher in Richmond.

She was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Dale City.

Survivors include her husband of 20 years, Agnew Stathos, and a daughter, Amanda Stathos, both of Manassas; and a brother, Arnie Warrick, and a sister, Julie Gahart, both of Alexandria.