Steven P. Frankino, 69, a former law school dean and professor at Catholic University, died Sept. 26 of lung cancer at his home in Wayne, Pa.

Mr. Frankino was dean of the Columbus School of Law at Catholic and the university's general counsel from 1979 to 1986. From 1986 to 1997, he was dean of the law school at Villanova University near Philadelphia.

Mr. Frankino was born in Butte, Mont. He received a bachelor's degree from Catholic University and graduated in 1962 from its law school, where he was on the law review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He taught at the law school from 1963 to 1965 before joining Villanova as a professor.

He spent a year as a research professor at the University of Florence in Italy before he was named dean of the Creighton University School of Law in Omaha in 1971. He held that position for six years before working as a partner in an Omaha law firm for two years.

After serving as dean at Catholic and Villanova, he remained on the Villanova faculty until his death.

He was a member of the American Law Institute and was active in the American Bar Association's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. He also participated in the ABA's Central and East European Law Initiative to bring about legal reform in the former communist bloc. At the time of his death, he was treasurer of the Pennsylvania Health Law Project.

In his personal life, Mr. Frankino was known as a gourmet chef.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Rosemarie Leonardo Frankino of Wayne, Pa.; three children, Christina Marie Frankino of Ardmore, Pa., Alleen Marie Frankino-Lint of Phoenixville, Pa., and Sean Alexander Frankino of New York; a brother; and two granddaughters.

Steven P. Frankino was law dean at Catholic and Villanova universities.