Alvin Golub, 83, who spent nearly 20 years as executive director of the Washington Psychiatric Society, an advocacy group representing area psychiatrists, died June 26 at his home in Silver Spring. He had idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Mr. Golub was a U.S. Labor Department economist in the 1950s and early 1960s, then spent many years as deputy director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He retired from the Washington Psychiatric Society in the early 2000s.

Mr. Golub was a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and a 1951 economics graduate of Kent State University in Ohio. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War.

He was an adviser to the FamilyLinks Outreach Center, a group for seniors whose children have been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He was working toward the establishment of the Erevna International Peace Center, a planned retreat center on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Maxine Meier Golub of Silver Spring; two daughters, Jennifer Golub Irey of Raleigh, N.C., and Rebecca Lertora of Lovettsville, Va.; a sister; and four grandchildren.

— Adam Bernstein