Graciela (Grace) Olivarez, 59, a director of the old Community Services Administration under President Jimmy Carter, died of cancer Sept. 19 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Albuquerque.

Mrs. Olivarez headed the CSA, the successor agency to the Office of Economic Opportunity, from 1977 until 1979, when she returned to Albuquerque. She then established Channel 41, the first Spanish-language television station in the country.

A native of Phoenix, she was active in the civil rights movement in Arizona, and through this she met Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, president of the University of Notre Dame. Although she had not completed high school, much less attended college, Father Hesburgh arranged for her to attend law school at Notre Dame. In 1970 she became the school's first female graduate.

For the next two years she worked for the OEO in Phoenix. In 1972 Mrs. Olivarez became director of the Institute for Social Research and Development at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. From 1975 to 1977, she was secretary for planning in New Mexico under Gov. Jerry Apodaca.

Her marriage to Alfred Olivarez ended in divorce.

Survivors include a son, Navy Lt. Victor Olivarez of San Diego; her parents, Damian Gil of Phoenix and Eloise Gil of Albuquerque; three sisters, Theresa Gil of La Mesa, Calif., Anita Pettygrove of Glendale, Ariz., and Paula Maldonado of Sacramento, Calif., and a brother, Danny Gil of Phoenix.

ROBERT F. LEDERER SR.,59, executive vice president of the American Association of Nurserymen, died Sept. 26 at Fairfax Hospital of complications following heart surgery.

Mr. Lederer, who had lived in Fairfax City since 1956, was a former member of the Fairfax City Council and past vice chairman of the Fairfax City Planning Commission.

He was born in Philadelphia, served in the Air Force in the late 1940s and graduated from the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science.

In 1953, Mr. Lederer moved to the Washington area and joined the National Cotton Council as a lobbyist. He was a lobbyist for the American Association of Nurserymen from 1959 until 1965 when he was appointed executive vice president, a job that involved managing the industry's national marketing program and supervision of several organizations involved in the nursery, horticulture and landscape business.

He was a former chairman of Washington Youth Gardens and chairman and president of Friends of the National Arboretum.

Survivors include his wife, Ramona Lederer of Fairfax City; one daughter, Cherie DeGeorge of Gaithersburg; one son, Robert F. Lederer Jr. of Fairfax City, and two grandchildren.