Susie B. Green, 81, owner of a printing shop and a civic leader in Washington for many years, died Monday at Howard University Hospital. She had a heart ailment.

Miss Green was one of the first women in this country to become a licensed printer. In 1925, she established a print shop in the 60 block of T Street NW.

She moved the shop to 2005 11th St. NW 20 years later and operated it there until retiring in 1972. It was called Unique Printers. She made a special effort to employ young people.

She was born in Montgomery, Ala., and attended State Normal School there, preparing to teach. But in 1914, she came to Washington at the invitation of Nannie Helen Burroughs, who had established the National Trade and Professional School for Women and Girls here, and changed her mind about a career.

Miss Burroughs had seen Miss Green's garden in Montgomery and asked her to take care of the gardens at the school here. In turn, Miss Green completed courses in printing and began a career in that field.

For many years, Miss Garden was a trustee of the Burroughs school. In 1932, she helped found the Business and Professional Women's League Inc. here and served two terms as its president. She ws trustee at the time of her death.

She had been on the board of directors of the Phyllis Wheatley YWCA and belonged to the NAACP, the Urban League and the Tuesday Evening Club of Social Workers.

Miss Green, who lived in Washington, had been an active member of Shiloh Baptist Church for more than 40 years.

She is survived by a brother, Houston C. Green, of Washington.