Dr. William Henry Greene, 83, a physician who had practiced in Washington since 1924 and was active in service organizations, died Sept. 19 at Howard University Hospital after a stroke. He lived in Washington.

Dr. Greene was born in Jefferson County, Ala. He earned a bachelor's degree at Howard University in 1920 and a medical degree in 1924. He then practiced medicine in Washington until his semi-retirement in 1971. He also had been the examining physician for the D.C. Boxing Commission.

He established several financial aid and scholarship programs at Howard and served on the board of the university. He received an honorary doctorate of humanities from Howard earlier this year and received the Howard Alumni Award for Distinguished Achievement in University and Community Service in 1976.

Dr. Greene was a member of the NAACP, the Washington Urban League, the board of the United Black Fund and the Pigskin Club. He was a Mason, Shriner and Elk. He was a member of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington.

His wife, Gladys, died in 1971. He leaves no immediate survivors.

The obituary of Dr. William Henry Greene, 83, a physician who had practiced in Washington since 1924, which appeared in Thursday's editions of The Washington Post, failed to include the fact that he is survived by a son, Charles R. of Doha, Qatar and Washington, and a granddaughter.