Elmer McMaster Pusey, 83, who retired in 1960 after 37 years as business manager of the Judd & Detweiler printing company here, died of arteriosclerosis Tuesday at the Presbyterian Home of the District of Columbia.

Mr. Pusey joined Judd & Detweiler in 1923. Before that he had been an assistant to the president of Gallaudet College and an official with the American Red Cross.

A native of Princess Anne, Md., he earned a degree in business administration from Beacon Business college in Wilmington, Del.

After serving in the Army during World War I, he graduated from George Washington University.

Mr. Pusey and his wife, the former Hazel Griffith, moved to the Presbyterian Home recently. They had lived in Chevy Chase for many years and then at Rossmoor Leisure World in Silver Spring.

He was active in the business community here and had served as director of the Metropolitan Washington Board of Trade. In addition, he served two terms as president of the Printing Industry of Metropolitan Washington, a trade association, and was treasurer of the Printing Industries of America.

A 50-year Mason. Mr. Pusey was a member of the Chevy Chase Lodge No. 42. He also was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Rossmoor Leisure World, a life member of the Columbia Country Club, and was a elder of the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church.

In addition by two sons, Elmer M. Jr., of Swanton, Md., and Bradford N., of Syracuse, N.Y., seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.