Dr. Karl G. Li, 45, an official in the Office of Bilingual Education in the Department of Education since 1974, died Nov. 17 in Taipei, Taiwan, after a heart attack.

Dr. Li, who lived in Silver Spring, was in Taiwan to help arrange an exchange program between Southeastern University and a university in Taiwan when he was stricken.

He was born in China and moved to Taiwan in 1949. He graduated from Taiwan National University and came to this country in 1961. He earned a master's degree at Rockford College in Rockford, Ill., and subsequently earned a master's degree at Atlanta University and a doctorate in government and politics at the University of Maryland.

Dr. Li taught at Atlanta University, Texas College in Tyler, Tex., Southeastern University and Federal City College, which is now part of the University of the District of Columbia.

He published numerous papers on bilingual education and government and politics in professional journals.

Survivors include his wife, Dr. Judith A. Li, and three children, Anthony, Michelle and Hilde, all of Silver Spring; his parents, Gen. and Mrs. S.C. Li of Silver Sping and Taipei; a brother, Victor, also of Silver Spring; two sisters in this country, Juliet Chou of Crofton, Md., and Edna Chang of Long Island, N.Y., and three sisters in China.