William H. Brown, 63, a retired vice superintendent and chief of staff of D.C. schools who was interim superintendent in 1990 and 1991, died of cancer Oct. 13 at the Washington Home. He lived in Springdale.

Dr. Brown was acting superintendent after Andrew E. Jenkins was fired for failing to reduce staff and improve schools. Dr. Brown was subsequently instrumental in implementing an employee "early out" retirement bonus package aimed at staff reductions.

He retired in 1991, after nearly 30 years with the school system, and was succeeded by Franklin L. Smith.

Dr. Brown was a native of Washington and a graduate of Cardozo High School, where he later was assistant principal. He received a bachelor's degree from Morgan State University, a master's degree in physical education from Springfield College in Massachusetts and a doctorate in education from Catholic University.

He served in the Army in Germany.

Dr. Brown began his career in the Baltimore public schools and at Morgan State, where he taught physical education. He joined the D.C. system in 1962 as a teacher and coach at McKinley Technical High School, where he was also a counselor.

Later he was youth services coordinator for the school system, principal of Spingarn High School and assistant superintendent with responsibility largely for schools in Northeast.

He directed student and educational services and was in charge of day to day operations as vice superintendent.

He was a member of Omega Psi Phi social fraternity, Phi Delta Kappa and the Pigskin and Kiwanis clubs. He was elected to the Cardozo and Morgan State halls of fame.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Dolores Arthur Brown of Springdale; and a daughter, Dr. DeNaye Dolores Brown of Mitchellville.