Dr. Morris Kleinerman, 73, a wellknown psychiatrist here, and his wife, Gertrude Janet, 62, a public health nurse, were killed late Friday in an automobile crash on River Road in Montgomery County. They lived in Chevy Chase.

A Montgomery County police spokesman said they were traveling east on River Road and were about to turn left into Willard Road, when they were struck by an auto driven by Gary L. Kohlenburg, 21, of Cabin John. Police said the Kleinermans were pronounced dead at the scene. Kohlenburg was admitted to Suburban Hospital, where his condition was satisfactory. The crash is under investigation, police said.

Dr. Kleinerman was clinical professor of psychiatry at George Washington University. He was scheduled to retire in May after an association with the university that spanned about 30 years.

He had established a private practice in Washington in 1945 and in more recent years had offices in Chevy Chase.

Mrs. Kleinerman was assistant director for school health of the Montgomery County Public Health Department. She had been with the department since 1968.

Dr. Kleinerman was born in Spring Valley, N.Y., and grew up in New York City. He was a graduate of the City College of New York and received his medical degree from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He took his residency at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington.

During World War ii, he served in Belgium and France with the Army Medical Corps.

He was a past president of the Washington Psychiatric Society and the American Society of Physician Analysts and a member of the American Psychiatric Association.

Mrs. Kleinerman was born in Bridgeport, Conn. and grew up in Nyack, N. Y. She attended Cornel University and graduated as a registered nurse from the Mount Sinai School of Nursing in New York City. Later she earned a bachelor's degree in public health nursing from Catholic University and a master's degree in public health from John Hopkins University.

During World War ii, she served in North Africa and France with the Army Nurse Corps. She and Dr. Kleinerman were married in Paris in 1945.

She was a member of the Maryland Nurses Association and the Maryland Public Health Association, which gave her its Francis Elchberger Award.She belonged to the American Public Health Association.

Dr. and Mrs. Kleinerman are survived by three daughters, Dr. Deena Kleinerman of Columbia, Md., Martha Tabas of Newton Center, Mass., and Ruth Anne Kleinerman of Washington. Dr. Kleinerman also is survived by a brother, Joseph, of the Bronx, N.Y. Mrs. kleinerman also is survived by a sister, Shirley Speaker of New York City.