Dr. Raymond B. Allen, 83, a physician and university president who headed the Salary Stabilization Board and later the Psychological Strategy Board during the Truman administration, died of heart and lung ailments March 15 at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Va.
Dr. Allen, a former president of the University of Washington and a former chancellor of the University of California at Los Angeles, retired in the late 1960s as director of research and population dynamics for the Pan American Health Organization here, a post he had held since 1961. He lived in Annandale until moving to King George County, Va., about three years ago.
A native of Cathay, N.D., Dr. Allen was a graduate of the University of Minnesota and its medical school.
He practiced medicine in Minot, N.D., then was a fellow at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. In the mid-1930s he entered medical administration. He was dean or associate dean at the medical schools of Columbia University, Wayne State University and the Chicago campus of the University of Illinois. In 1946, he was named president of the University of Washington.
Dr. Allen took a leave from the University of Washington in 1949 to come here to a newly unified Army, Navy and Air Force medical department. He later served six months as the first head of the old Salary Stabilization Board during the conflict in Korea.
Following that assignment he was director of the National Psychological Strategy Board, a White House agency consisting of the secretaries of the State and Defense departments and the director of central intelligence that was set up by President Truman in 1951 to improve the focus of U.S. propaganda efforts.
Dr. Allen was chancellor at UCLA from 1952 to 1959. He was director of the U.S. foreign aid program in Indonesia from 1959 until joining the Pan American Health Organization in 1961.
He was a former clinical professor of community medicine and international health at Georgetown University Medical School.
His marriages to Dorothy Sheard Allen, his first wife, and to Emmy Portman Allen ended in divorce.
Survivors include four children of his first marriage, Charles Anthony, of Annandale, Raymond B. Jr., of Fairfax, Dorothy Allen of Minneapolis and Barbara Allen Sheard, of Seattle; a brother, Wendell, of Olympia, Wash., and three grandchildren.