An obituary for Carolyn Corry that appeared on Oct. 4 gave an incorrect cause of death. She died of a cerebral hemorrhage. (Published 10/08/99)

Carolyn Corry, 40, a former public affairs aide and Democratic political operative who since January had served as executive director of the Bethesda-based Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation, died of cancer Sept. 29 at George Washington University Hospital.

In the years before joining the cancer foundation, she was heavily involved in Democratic politics, environmental and women's issues and the creative arts in Washington, Northern Virginia, Richmond and Charlottesville.

In 1989, she began a three-year stint as Virginia program director for Clean Water Action in Richmond. She then shifted careers, becoming program director and later director of the Virginia Festival of American Film at the University of Virginia.

She also directed public affairs for Planned Parenthood offices in Washington and Charlottesville and helped organize the 1998 National March Against Cancer in Washington.

Ms. Corry, an Arlington resident and native, graduated from Washington-Lee High School and the University of Georgia, where she was elected to the Phi Kappa Phi honor society.

Early in her career, she was an intern with Georgia Democratic Sen. Eugene H. Talmadge and a program development specialist with WNVC-TV in Fairfax. From 1985 to 1990, she held several consecutive jobs including regional issues director for Gerald L. Baliles's successful gubernatorial campaign in Virginia, legislative correspondent for then-Rep. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) and aide to Virginia state Sen. Emilie Miller.

Survivors include her parents, Cecil and Eloise Corry of Arlington; and two brothers, Clay Corry of Arlington and Charles Corry of Prague.