Elwood Holmes Chisholm, 63, an attorney associated with Howard University, died Tuesday at Holy Cross Hospital after a heart attack.

Since 1975, he had held an administrative position in the office of the general counsel at Howard. Before that, he had been a professor of law in the university's law school for nine years and was associate dean of the school for three years He also was law librarian in 1962-68.

Mr. Chisholm. who was born in Washington, was a graduate of Howard and its law school. He was a member of the New York and Federal bars.

From 1952 to 1961, he was a staff attorney with the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund Inc., and as such was a member of the lawyers' team that handled the 1954 Brown vs. the Board of Education case that resulted in the desegregation of public schools.

Later, Mr. Chisholm was a special counsel to the National Education Association, and a research assistant to the U.S. Office of Education. He also had been a staff member of the Carnegie-Myrdall study of the Negro in America and a race relations adviser for the Federal Works Progress Administration.

His professional affiliations included the American Judicative Society, the American Association of Law Librarians, the American Association of University Professors, the Selden Society of the National Bar Association, the American Trial Lawyers Association and the Criminal Practice Institute of Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia.

He is survived by his wife, Ann, of the home in Silver Spring; a son, Grant, of Washington; a sister, Earlena Bland, of Washington, and one grandchild.