An obituary in Thursday's editions of The Washington Post about Avery E. Kolb, 59, a retired official of the Federal Emergency Management Agency who died Monday following a heart attack, incorrectly stated that his death occurred at his home in Springfield. He was stricken at his home and died at Fairfax Hospital. The name of one of Mr. Kolb's survivors was misspelled. She is Jean Grunewald of Fairfax, a daughter.

Avery E. Kolb, 59, an economist and management specialist who retired last year as chief of the crisis management division of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, died Monday at his home in Springfield after a heart attack.

He had been chief of the interagency coordination division in the office of preparedness, General Services Administration, from 1973 until the establishment of FEMA in 1978. Before that, he had been an economists with the Office of Emergency Planning.

Mr. Kolb also had worked in the Office of Civil Defense and Mobilization From 1956 to 1959, he was on the mobilization staff of the Interstate Commerce Commission. That position had followed eight years of serving as civilian branch chief in the office of the chief of transportation, Department of the Army.

Mr. Kolb was born in Hattiesburg, Miss. He attended the University of Southern Mississippi and later Northwestern and George Washington universities. In the late 1960s, he graduated from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, where he also was an instructor.

During World War II, he served with the Army Engineers, participating in the Normandy invasion and later receiving the French Croix de Guerre. He remained in the Army Reserves after the war.

Mr. Kolb was the author of numerous technical works on economics, industrial managtement and history. He also wrote fiction and books on genealogy and colonial history.

He is survived by his wife, the former Joan Richards, of Springfield; four children, Jean Grunewalk of Fairfax, June Campbell of Waterford, Va., and Evan R. and Joyce, of Springfield, and three grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Heart Fund.