Grace Allen Rogers, 83, a retired secretary at the National Institutes of Health and a resident of the Washington area for 50 years, died Wednesday at the Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park. She had a heart ailment.

Mrs. Rogers was born in Lake Geneva, Wis., and grew up in Grinnell, Iowa. She graduated from Grinnell College in 1919 and later taught school. i

In 1922, she married Jess Shourds Rogers, who became an Army officer. They made their home in Washington in 1930. Mrs. Rogers later lived in Kensington. For the past three years, she had been a resident of the Sligo Gardens nursing home in Takoma Park. Lt. Col. Rogers died in 1949.

From 1954 to 1963, when she retired, Mrs. Rogers was a secretary at NIH.

She was a member of All Souls Unitarian Church in Washington for more than 40 years.

Survivors include three daughters, Dorothy R. Warthen of Kensington, Joanne R. Woods of Concord, Mass., and Air Force Maj. Mary C. Rogers of Charleston, S.C.; one sister, Ermina Linke of Chicago; seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Grinnell College Alumni Association, Grinnell, Iowa, 50112.