In an obituary in Tuesday's editions of The Washington Post on Dr. Robert Irvin McClaughry, 59, who died Friday after a heat attack, Dr. McClaughry's name was mispelled throughout.

Dr. Robert Irvin McLaughry, 59, a physician in Northern Virginia since 1966 and a former official of the Veterans Administration, died at his vacation home in Ocean City on Friday following a heart attack. He lived in Alexandria.

Dr. McLaughry was born in Cambridge Springs, Pa. He earned a bachelor's degree at the University of California in 1941 and served in the Army during World War II. He earned master's degrees in physiology and pharmacology at Wayne State University in Detroit in 1950 and his medical degree from Wayne State in 1952.

After interning in California, Dr. McLaughry returned to Wayne State as an assistant dean and assistant professor at its college of medicine. He also established a private practice and later taught at the Wayne State school of social work.

In 1958, Dr. McLaughry moved to the Washington area and joined the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. In 1959, he joined the Verterans Administration, where he became director of the education service for research and education in medicine. He held that post from 1960 to 1964.

He then spent two years at VA hospitals in California and Connecticut and then returned to this area and established a private practice.

Dr. McLaughry was a charter fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a member of the Alexandria and American Medical associations. He was a past member of the board of trustees of the Fairfax Hospital Association and a member of the staff at Mount Vernon Hospital.

Survivors include his wife, Geraldine M., and a daughter, Jeri Lee McLaughry, both of Alexandria; a brother, Paul, of Long Beach, Calif., and two sisters, Katherine Bowser, of Portland Ore., and Melba Shephard of Libertyville, Ill.