An obituary in Friday's editions of The Washington Post about William S. Farris, 68, retired president of a Washington lathing and plastering firm who died Feb. 10 in North Palm Beach, Fla., incorrectly identified a surviving brother. He is Charles Farris of St. Louis.

William S. Farris, 68, president of the old Rubino & Farris Co., a Washington lathing and plastering concern, before retiring in 1969, died of cancer Feb. 10 at a nursing home in North Palm Beach, Fla. He had lived in North Palm Beach since 1980.

Mr. Farris was born in Vincennes, Ind. He moved to the Washington area in 1932 and lived in Chevy Chase for many years before moving to North Palm Beach. He attended Villanova University and earned a law degree at Georgetown University. He served with the Navy in the Pacific during World War II.

He joined Rubino & Farris, a family business, after the war.

In 1974, Mr. Farris helped found the Shenandoah Lodge, an alcoholism treatment center, in Harrisonburg, Va. He sold it before leaving this area.

Mr. Farris had attended the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and was a member of the Columbia Country Club.

His first wife, the former Georgia S. Rubino, died in 1971.

Survivors include his wife, Bonnie B. Farris, of North Palm Beach; a son by his first marriage, Peter D. of Chevy Chase; three stepchildren, Robert Woods of Germantown, Md., and Catherine and William Woods, both of Chevy Chase; two brothers, Dr. John Farris of Indianapolis, and Robert of St. Louis, and one grandchild.