In an obituary in Thursday's editions of The Washington Post about Louis Vergniaud Pierre-Noel, 71, a Washington artist who died April 27, Mr. Pierre-Noel's middle name was misspelled.

Louis Vernigaud Pierre-Noel, 71, a graphic designer with the Pan American Health Organization who was noted for his illustrations of insects and his designs of stamps, died of multiple myeloma April 27 at his home in Washington.

Mr. Pierre-Noel was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and graduated from the Technical School of Damien at the University of Haiti. In 1934, he moved to New York City, where he studied art at Columbia University and later in Buenos Aires and Paris.

He was director of the Haiti Tourist Bureau in New York until 1953, when he moved to Washington and joined the Pan American Health Union. He retired from there in 1973.

While in New York, Mr. Pierre-Noel illustrated insects for a number of publications for the Museum of Natural History. He designed stamps for the United Nations and other organizations, including the Red Cross. In 1949, he won a gold medal for the commemorative stamps he designed in connection with the 200th anniversary of the founding of Port-au-Prince.

Survivors include his wife, Dr. Lois Mailou Jones Pierre-Noel of Washington, and a sister, Angela Pierre-Noel, and two brothers, Arsene and Victor Pierre-Noel, all of Port-au-Prince.