Paul Allen Price, 70, a retired NASA official who had lived in this area since joining the government in 1941, died Jan. 31 at the Fairfax nursing home after a stroke. He lived in Annandale.

Mr. Price was a civilian employe of the Army Signal Corps for 17 years, rising to assistant chief of research and development before leaving in 1958. He then spent two years on satellite research with the Defense Department's advance research projects agency.

From 1960 to 1973, he was chief of communications frequency management with NASA. He then left the government. He spent the next seven years as a senior associate in radio frequency management with the national scientific laboratories of Systematics General Corp.

During his years with the government, Mr. Price headed U.S. delegations to several conferences of the International Telecommunications Union's international radio consultative committee. He received the Army Department's Meritorious Civilian Service Award and NASA's Exceptional Service Award.

Mr. Price was a native of Pittsburgh and a graduate of Pennsylvania State University. He was a member of the Model A Ford Club of America.

Survivors include his wife, Veronica, of Annandale; a son, George L.W., of Gainesville, Va.; a daughter, Patricia Starkey, of Burke, and four grandchildren.