"We live in a visually oriented society — everyone who has grown up since 1950 has done it in front of a TV set," he told The Sunday Sun Magazine in an interview at the time. "People think more and more in visual terms and less and less in terms of words."

"He fought for the department and gave us a lot of leeway in doing things," Mr. Kirschbaum said. "Lew got the department more involved with the newsroom, editors and reporters. He wanted good things for the department and to make a better environment for us. It took many years of pounding to make it happen."

In 1982, Mr. Bush was succeeded by K. Kenneth Paik. When he retired in 1992, Mr. Bush was assistant photo director.

During his career, Mr. Bush earned recognition for his photographs, including awards from the National Press Photographers Association and the Florida Associated Press Media Editors. His work was represented in the permanent collection of Photography in Fine Arts Exhibition IV at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

He was particularly proud of his presidential portraits of Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson and of presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy, his wife said.

Mr. Bush, who had homes in Palm Coast and Taneytown, was a self-taught woodworker and carpenter, and in a 1985 article published in The Sun, he chronicled how he and a friend built a 16-by-24-foot addition to the home he then owned in Reisterstown.

In a sidebar to the article titled "Bush's Building Rules," he laid out suggestions for those contemplating such an undertaking, including perhaps the most important: "If it wiggles, correct it before going on. Mistakes build on each other." He advised using only professional tools and quality building materials.

Mr. Bush enjoyed camping and riding his Honda Gold Wing touring motorcycle, and had taken road trips as far as Nova Scotia, said Mrs. Bush, who also traveled with her husband on her motorcycle.

He was a member of St. Mark by the Sea Lutheran Church in Palm Coast, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Plans for a memorial service to be held in Baltimore are incomplete.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Bush is survived by a son, Brendan Bush of Roanoke, Va.; a daughter, Kristen Bush Gustafson of Charles Village; a stepson, David Dearholt of East Baltimore; a stepdaughter, Susan White of Hampstead; five grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren. An earlier marriage to the former Mary Brooks ended in divorce.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com