An obituary in yesterday's editions of The Washington Post about Lewis L. Leavell, 85, an Army colonel who served in Burma during World War II, erroneously stated that he retired from the Army Reserve. He retired from the regular Army.

Lewis L. Leavell, 85, a retired colonel in the Army Reserve who commanded an allied artillery corps in Burma during World War II, died of a heart attack Jan. 30 at Georgetown University Hospital.

Col. Leavell, who lived in Washington, was born in Princeton, Ky. He was commissioned in the field artillery during World War I. He later studied engineering. He worked for the American Car & Foundry company in Detroit and then moved to New York City, where he founded the Atlantic Heat and Power company.

He ran the firm until 1941, when he was called to active duty as commanding officer of the 258th Field Artillery Regiment of the New York National Guard. In 1944, he was sent to Burma. In addition to commanding the allied corps artillery of the northern area command, he was liaison officer with the Chinese First Army under Gen. Sun Le Jen.

At the end of the war, Col. Leavell was engaged in repatriating prisoners from Manchuria to Indochina. His final assignment was as a military attache in Shanghai. He retired in 1947 for health reasons and settled in Washington.

His military decorations include the Legion of Merit and the Chinese Cloud and Banner, First Class.

Col. Leavell's survivors include his wife, Becee Lo, of Washington, and a son, Lewis L. II, of Orange, Calif.; three granchildren, and two great-grandchildren.