H.M. "Skip" Lambert, 83, who managed a cinematography news operation for 23 years before retiring in 1986, died of heart disease Aug. 8 at the Washington Home Hospice.

In 1963, Mr. Lambert and his wife, Jean, founded Phoenix Films Inc. For the next 23 years, the company filmed major events of the Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon administrations, international goodwill tours of U.S. astronauts and other news stories. Earlier, Mr. Lambert had been a cinematographer in Washington with Hearst Telenews and Fox Movietone News.

A resident of Chevy Chase, he was born in Good Springs, Ala., and attended the University of Texas. He moved to New York as an assistant motion picture cameraman in the 1940s, then in 1952 relocated to Washington with Hearst.

His footage was used in the film on the Kennedy presidency, "Year of Lightning, Day of Drums." During the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, Mr. Lambert was the pool cameraman covering the removal of Soviet missiles from Cuba.

He won two Emmy Awards.

His marriage to Donoene McKay ended in divorce. A daughter from that marriage, Lia Lynn Lambert Pease, died in May.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 50 years, Jean Lambert of Chevy Chase; a son from his first marriage, James Clay Ladd Lambert of Hedgesville, W.Va.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.