Lloyd Bowers Embry, 65, a noted portrait painter whose subjects included government, military, business and society leaders, died of cancer Thursday at Washington Hospital Center.

During a career that spanned 43 years, he painted such prominent figures as several chiefs of state, District Court judges, Central Intelligence Agency directors, Cabinet officers and members of Congress.

Mr. Embry's portraits hang in the Capitol and other government buildings, in the Yale Gallery, the Riksbank in Stockholm, Sweden, the Swedish Embassy here, the Philadelphia Historical Museum and at Rice, Miami, Westminster, Kentucky and Georgetown universities.

In addition to painting portraits of officials, Mr. Embry enjoyed executing paintings of beautiful women and elfin studies of children.

He occasionally did sculptures. His bronze head of John F. Kennedy is displayed in the New York City Harvard Club. A bust of Khrushchev, sculpted to commemorate his visit to this country, is in the Kremlin.

Mr. Embry was born in Washington. He began studying art at the Corcoran Gallery at the age of 10. As a youth, he was granted a scholarship at the Phillips Gallery. In 1936, he earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from Yale University.

Over the years, most of his work was done in a studio adjoining his home in Washington.

He was the recipient of a first prize for portraiture from the Society of Washington Artists.

Mr. Embry also worked in watercolors, painting scenes of Cape Cod where he summered. He was a member of the Provincetown Art Association.

He also had painted the Arctic landscape surrounding Thule Air Force Base for the U.S. Air Force.

He is survived by his wife, the former Virginia J. Block, of the home; four children, Penelope Lamm McGoey of Armonk, N.Y., and Lloyd Bowers, Dean Frost and Wendy Delahaye, all of Washington; two brothers, Ashton, of Panama City, Fla., and Wallace, of San Francisco, and four grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society.