Sarah F. Bolling, 82, a retired printer with the General Services Administration and the Washington mother whose racial discrimination suit against the D.C. public schools on behalf of her 11-year-old son became part of the Supreme Court's historic 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision that banned public school segregation, died of cardiorespiratory arrest Oct. 14 at Georgetown University Hospital.

When Mrs. Bolling's son, Spottswood T. Bolling Jr., finished the sixth grade in 1950 at Washington's Garfield Elementary School, she tried to enroll him at the then all-white Sousa Junior High School in Southeast Washington. D.C. school officials told her in no uncertain terms that he could not attend.

"They said they would not accept any colored," Mrs. Bolling recalled in a 1979 interview printed in The Washington Post.

Instead of allowing young Spottswood to attend Sousa, the school system offered to reopen a closed elementary school as a junior high for blacks only. But Mrs. Bolling said at the time that she and other parents thought the facility was a health hazard and sent their children to all-black Shaw Junior High School, which required a cross-town trip.

In an effort to resolve the school desegregation issue, Mrs. Bolling and several other black parents whose children also had been refused admission to Sousa filed a lawsuit against C. Melvin Sharpe, then the president of the D.C. Board of Education. The case, Bolling v. Sharpe, was resolved as part of the Brown decision.

Mrs. Bolling said in the 1979 interview that when it became known that she was one of the plaintiffs behind the 1954 Supreme Court decision, she received several threatening telephone calls.

The caller, who from the sound appeared to be the same person, kept saying about her son, "If he comes over to {McKinley} Tech we'll fix him," she recalled.

"I was scared," she said. "I told the police, 'I don't think I ought to have to take this.' "

Mrs. Bolling said that eventually the threats stopped and that by the time the 1954 ruling was handed down, Spottswood Bolling Jr. was a sophomore at Spingarn High School.

He attended St. Augustine's College in North Carolina on a sports scholarship and later went to work for the D.C. government. He is now chief of the prevention and education division of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services Administration of the D.C. Department of Human Services.

A native of New Bern, N.C., Mrs. Bolling moved to the Washington area in 1933. She worked for the Commerce Department for about five years before joining the GSA in 1938. She retired in 1967.

She was a member the D.C. League of Women Voters, the Howard University Auxiliary, the Edgewood Civic Association, the Cherrio Club, the Mount Bethel Baptist Association and Jerusalem Baptist Church in Washington.

Her husband, Spottswood Bolling, died in 1948. In addition to her son, of Washington, survivors include three brothers, Tom and Jake Joyner, both of Rocky Mount, N.C., and Benjamin Joyner of New Bern; two sisters, Pearl Scott of Rocky Mount and Melvina Brinson of Philadelphia, and one granddaughter. MORE OBITUARIES, C7