RIP Gerald W. Heaney, Influential Judge Behind Racial Integration of STL Public Schools
|Heaney was an influential member of the bench for 40 years.|
His importance here in St. Louis was the following, according ot the Gray Lady (which refers to him as a "stalwart liberal"):
For 18 years, starting in 1981, Judge Heaney oversaw the integration of schools in St. Louis, writing 27 opinions that outlined strategies to bring students together from all over the city. In 1990, he was a member of a three-judge panel that allowed more than a fourth of black students in Kansas City, Mo., to transfer to predominantly white schools in the suburbs at the state's expense.