Pierre Pallamary, 86, a translator for the Public Health Service and the National Institutes of Health for 24 years until his retirement in 1963, died of cardiac arrest Thursday at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda.

Mr. Pallamary was proficient in nine languages. He had operated his own import and export businesses in Turkey, Germany, France, North Africa and New York City before coming to this area in 1938. He then became a translator in the mental hygience division of the PHS. In 1948, he transferred to NIH, where he worked primarily on translating biomedical literature from the Germanic and Romance languages into English.

He was born a French citizen in Smyrna, Turkey, and had traveled to 64 countries. He came to the United States about 1917 and served in the U.S. Army during World War I.

Mr. Pallamary lived in Bethesda and was active in senior citizens groups in the Bethesda-Rockville area. His hobbies were chess and bridge and, until last year, he swam every day.

He was a member of the Society of Federal Translators and of the Fossils.

His wife of 49 years, Christine M., died in 1971.

Survivors include a daughter, Hilda M. Sokol, of Rockville, and two grandchildren. CAPTION: Picture, PIERRE PALLAMARY, 1963 Photo