Stanley Newton Ohlbaum, 72, an administrative law judge with the National Labor Relations Board since 1963, and a retired Army Reserves lieutenant colonel, died of cancer Oct. 31 at Holy Cross Hospital. He lived in Silver Spring.

Judge Ohlbaum was born in Hungary. He came to this country as a child and settled in New York City. He graduated from the College of the City of New York, and earned a master's degree in speech from Columbia University, where he also received his law degree.

During World War II, he served in the Army in the Pacific Theater. He went into the Reserves after the war, returning to active duty in Korea during the war there.

He was in private law practice in New York before joining the Social Security Administration in 1956. He became the field director of the agency's Bureau of Hearings and Appeals, and then moved to Washington in 1961. He transferred to the NLRB in 1963.

Judge Ohlbaum retired from the Reserves with the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1974. He had been a part-time member of the faculty at the National Judicial College at the University of Nevada since 1976.

He received the Superior Service Award for his work with the Social Security Administration, and the Distinguished Service Award from the Federal Bar Association.

Judge Ohlbaum was a past chairman of the Judicial Administration Division of the Conference of Administrative Law Judges of the American Bar Association, of which he was a member. He also was a member of the Federal Bar Association and a former chairman of its standing committee on administrative law judges.

He was a member of the board at George Mason University, the Reserve Officers Association, the Military Order of World Wars, the National Lawyers Club and the Cosmos Club.

Survivors include his wife, Anne, and a daughter, Carolyn Ohlbaum, both of Silver Spring.