R. W. Allgeier

"In February of that year, R.W. Allgeier, a biochemist from Wisconsin, was named the first director.  A local newspaper article reported in April 1940 that he would begin work on freezing crab and hoped to work on Tillamook and Willapa oysters."

Source: Astoria Seafoods Laboratory, the first 60 years (1938-1998) by Pamela A. Rogers