Howard William Greene, 76, a retired photographer for the D.C. Public Library, died of lung cancer Oct. 16 at the Nathan-Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas.

Mr. Greene was born in the District and graduated from Phelps Vocational High School in 1946.

He studied photography from 1946 to 1950 at the Pratt Institute in New York, where he lived with his uncle and worked in the garment district.

He also developed a love of jazz while working as a bartender, meeting such young musicians as Miles Davis.

He returned to the District in 1950 and worked for the Defense Department from 1951 to 1954.

In 1954, he began working as the official photographer for the D.C. Public Library, where he photographed several U.S. presidents, the Queen of England and other dignitaries on their visits to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

Retiring from his position with the library system in 1990, he embarked on a career as a freelance photographer.

After a 19-year courtship, he married Wesley Henery Smith last year, and the couple moved to Las Vegas.

Mr. Greene's first marriage, to Mildred Rosette Greene, ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of Las Vegas; two daughters from his first marriage, Karen Young of Mount Rainier and Lynn Davis of the District; a stepdaughter, Diedre King of the District; and five grandchildren.

Howard Greene photographed U.S. presidents and the Queen of England for the D.C. Public Library.