Robert William Boyd, 72, a former D.C. schools official who during the late 1960s coordinated a plan to redraw the school attendance zones, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 17 at a hospital in Cincinnati.
In February 1968, Mr. Boyd, who was then principal of Roosevelt Senior High School, was made a special assistant to the superintendent and assigned the task of devloping a plan to change the boundaries of attendance zones.
The boundary changes were ordered by the D.C. school board as a means of complying with the 1967 decision of U.S. Circuit Court Judge J. Skelly Wright that abolished what the judge called, "the systematic discrimination," then favoring predominantly white schools.
The ruling also outlawed what the judge found to have been an overly rigid form of ability-grouping called the "track system."
Mr. Boyd was charged with developing a plan for the school board and meeting with community groups so that their opinions would be included in his final report.
The new attendance zones led to the transfer of students from crowded black schools to white schools that were underused.
Mr. Boyd was a Washington native. He graduated from Dunbar High School and Miner Teachers College. He received a master's degree in clinical psychology from Catholic University.
He joined the D.C. schools during World War II as a teacher at Kelly-Miller Junior High School. He later served in the Army Air Forces.
After the war, he was a counselor at Eastern High School before transferring to Roosevelt in the late 1950s as an assistant principal.
In 1969 he moved to California, where he was a deputy superintendent with the Compton public schools.
When he retired in 1981, he was an executive director of the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations. He then moved to Crestview Hills, Ky.
While a resident here, he had been a member of the Far Northeast Council and the D.C. Federation of Civic Associations.
Survivors include his wife, Maxine Boyd of Crestview Hills; two children, Robert W. Boyd Jr., of Oakland and Vecki Boyd of Los Angeles; and three grandchildren.