Allan M. Wilson, 82, who retired in 1969 as a vice president of the Advertising Council, an organization promoting public service ads, died of pneumonia at the Camelot Hall Nursing Home in Arlington. He had arteriosclerosis.

Mr. Wilson came to Washington in 1939 and worked until the early 1940s for private advertising and public relations firms. He then spent some time with the War Manpower Commission before joining the Advertising Council in 1943.

During his years with the council, he worked on campaigns that included early public service commercials on the prevention of forest fires, the promotion of highway safety. He also worked on council projects for CARE and Radio Free Europe.

Since retiring from the council in 1969, he had been a public relations consultant and had worked with the National Information Center for the Handicapped.

Mr. Wilson was a native of Omaha, Neb., and a graduate of the University of Nebraska and its law school. He served in the Army during World War I. He worked in public relations in California and New York before moving to this area. He was a resident of Washington.

Survivors include his wife, Vero, of Washington; a daughter, Bernice Munsey of Arlington; four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.