Allen Taylor, 83, who spent 20 years at what was then the U.S.-Japan Trade Council and retired in 1980 as its executive director, died of sepsis Dec. 25 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He lived in Chevy Chase.

From the mid-1930s to the mid-1940s, he worked at his father's clothing manufacturing business in New York. For the following two decades, he held executive positions with such groups as the Americans for Democratic Action and the United World Federalists.

After working at the State Department from 1952 to 1956, where his final posting was in Vietnam as a political officer, Dr. Taylor came to Washington in 1959.

Dr. Taylor was a volunteer speech writer for Sen. John F. Kennedy's (D-Mass.) successful 1960 presidential bid. He served as a Washington area chapter president of both the American Civil Liberties Union and the Americans for Democratic Action.

An avid tennis player, he belonged to St. Albans Tennis Club in Washington and the Kenwood Golf and Country Club in Bethesda. In the early 1990s, he was program committee chairman of the Cosmos Club in Washington. His hobbies included writing essays and book-length manuscripts about philosophy and faith.

Dr. Taylor was born in New York and graduated from New York University. In 1980, he received a doctorate in philosophy from Catholic University of America.

His first wife, Phoebe Taylor, died in 1979.

Survivors include his wife of 16 years, Jeanne Taylor of Chevy Chase; two sons from his first marriage, Paul, of Bethesda, and Mark, of Atlanta; a brother; a sister; and six grandchildren.