An obituary in yesterday's Washington Post about James Russell Lowe incorrectly reported his first name.

Jerome Russell Lowe, an engraving artist for the government for more than 25 years, died of cancer Friday at his home in Chevy Chase. He was 70.

Mr. Lowe, a native of Westmoreland County, Md., was the grandson of Enoch Louis Lowe, who served as governor of Maryland in the 1800s, and a descendant of Lady Jane Lowe, wife of the third Lord Baltimore, who built Mataponi Manor near Croome, Md.

For more than 25 years, Mr. Russell did portrait and vignette engraving on postage stamps and currency for the U.S.government. During World War II, he served in the Office of Strategic Services, where he was assigned to duplicate foreign currency.

Since his retirement, Mr. Russell has taken a special interest in the prevention of blindness and has worked to raise funds to help fight the handicap.

In addition, he taught art to inmates at the Jessup, Md., house of corrections and arranged the showing and sale of art by Prisoners on Capitol Hill. Proceeds from the art sales are set aside for use by inmates when they are released from prison.

Mr. Russell also worked with the Police Boys Club of Washington and presided in the art booth of the blind at annual fairs at the Silver Spring Armony. He also restored damaged paintings for private collectors in his spare time.

He is survived by two cousins, Louise Manger, of Springfield, Va. and Robert Lowe, of Palmetto, Fla.