Dr. Edward Lewis, 85, a retired Washington pediatrician and professor emeritus at George Washington University's medical school, died Sunday at Suburban Hospital after a stroke.

Dr. Lewis was a pediatrician in Washington for 40 years before retiring in 1961. He also was a senior attending physician at Children's Hospital, where he served as director of the outpatient department and as chairman of the executive committee of the medical staff.

He was a member of the American Board of Pediatricians, the American Medical Association, the Southern Medical Association and the Medical Association of the District of Columbia. He was a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Lewis was a professor of clinical pediatrics at George Washington University's medical school for 25 years before being named professor emeritus in 1961. He was given an award by the graduate alumni association for outstanding service.

A lifelong resident of Washington, Dr. Lewis was a graduate of McKinley Technical High School and a 1918 graduate of George Washington University's medical school. He served in the Navy during World War I.

Survivors include his wife, Sadie, of Washington; a daughter, Dorothy Auerbach, also of Washington; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A son, Dr. Edward Jr., died in 1979.