Washington Mutual Investors Fund has elected Harvey B. Gram Jr. chairman to succeed the late James H. Lemon Sr. The fund also elected James H. Lemon Jr. vice president.

Gram, who has been a fund officer since its inception in 1952, is chairman and chief executive officer of Johnston, Lemon & Co., Inc. Lemon is president and chief administrative officer of the Washington-based brokerage firm.

The Johnston, Lemon firm founded the fund and has served as its business manager since its organization. The fund has assets of more than $300 million.

Victor Palmieri & Co., Inc., has elected John A. Koskinen president and chief operating officer. The Washington resident has been a vice president and managing principal of the corporation.

Victor Palmieri will continue to be chairman and chief executive officer of the firm, which is one of the country's leading asset management firms.

Koskinen, who joined the firm in 1973, has been responsible for the company's contract with the Penn Central Transportation Co. The contract calls for Palmieri to manage, develop and dispose of Penn Central's nonrail real estate holdings, which includes over $800 million of coal lands, hotels, office building interests and other large parcels.

Koskinen will have offices in both Los Angeles and Washington.

Abramson Himelfarb, Inc., a Washington-based advertising and public relations company, has elected Marvin F. Himelfarb executive vice president for creative services.

Himelfarb, a co-founder of the twelve-year-old agency, was vice president and creative director prior to his promotion.

Kelly-Springfield Tire Co. of Cumberland has named James W. Barnett executive vice president for sales and marketing. He succeeds Richard K. Elwell, who will become assistant to the president.

Barnett has been a field sales manager of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Kelly-Springfield's parent company. He first joined the company in 1950.

Elwell joined Kelly-Springfield in 1973 as executive vice president. Prior to that, he worked for Goodyear as an assistant sales manager.

United Services Life Insurance Co. has named William P. Chirolas second vice president. He will head the company's actuarial department. United Services sell insurance to military officers and their families.

Bernard G. Studds has been elected vice president of retail sales by Randall Associates, Inc. Studds has been manager of retail sales for the food brokerage firm for the past four years.

Magnavox Government and Industrial Electrinics Co. has named James H. Schofield Jr. vice president for government relations.

Schofield will head the company's marketing efforts in Washington and will be responsible for the company's contacts with the legislative and executive branches of the federal government.

The company sells systems for radio communications, electronic countermeasures, navigation, antisubmarine detection and surveillance of electro-optics to the Department of Defense.

Bob J. Robison has been elected vice president for government affairs by the FMC Corp. of Chicago.

Robison joins FMC after five years with the public relations firm of Hill and Knowlton, Inc. He had been that company's senior vice president in charge of the Dallas and Houston offices. Robison will assume the Washington responsibilities of Walter D. Thomas, who will reach retirement age next year.

Wheat, First Securities, Inc., of Richmond has named Denys Grant vice president for personnel. THe brokerage firm also elected Edgar L. Parish of the firm's Arlington office vice president and investment officer.

Riggs National Bank of Washington has appointed thirteen new vice presidents. They are Norman L. Bass, Charles E. Calandra, George P. Clancy Jr., John R. Dunbar Jr., Charles W. Freedman, Maxine G. Garrett, Majorie J. Gathgens, Bruce J. Martin, Robert B. O'Donoghue, Ernest W. Robinson, Edward T. Rogan, C. William Stamper and Robert N. Waller.

DIRECTORS: Austin G. Kenny, executive vice president of the Washington Area Convention and Visitors Association, Inc., has been elected to the board of the International Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus.

Union Carbide Corp. elected Russell E. Train to the board. Train, former administrator of the Environmental, Protection Agency, became senior associate of The Conservation Foundation earlier this year.

Phelps Dodge Corp. has elected L. William Seidman to the board. Seidman was assistant to the President for economic affairs in the Ford administration.

Eli Lilly and Co. has elected Robert C. Seamans Jr. to the board. He is former head of the federal Energy Research and Development Administration.

Lane Bryant, Inc., has elected Robert Price, a general partner of Lazard Freres & Co., to the board.

American Express Co. has elected Vernon E. Jordan Jr. to the board. Jordan is executive director of the National Union League.