Ronald M. Warren, 72, a retired assistant to the President of the American Chemical Society and an offical of the organization for 23 years, died at the Washington Adventist Hospital Tuesday following a stroke.

Mr. Warren became a member of the American Chemical Society in 1939 and joined its Washington staff in 1949 as head the of the meetings department. He bacame assistant secretary in 1951, membership secretary in 1958, and assistance to the president in 1965. He retired in 1971.

Mr. Warren was born in Waukegan, III. He graduated from McPherson College in McPherson, Kan., in 1929 and later earned a master of science degree in biochemistry form Michigan State. In 1944, joined the American Can Co. in Barringron, III., a Chicago suburb. He was secretary of the Chicago Chemists Club in 1949.

He also was a member of the Amrican Association for the Dvancement of Science and of Phi Lambda Upsilon, an honorary society for chemists.

Mr. Warren is survived by his wife, Evelyn, of the home is Silver Spring; a daughter, Judith Rogan, also of Silver Spring; Two sisters, Lucille Beliveau, of Glendale, Calif., and Edith Mayfield, of Zion, III.; three brothers, Albert and Gordon, also fo Zion, and Kenneth, of Detroit, Mich, and two grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Warren Memorial Fund, Alpha Chi Sigma Fraternity, 11 South Kitley Ave., Indianapolis, Ind., 46219.