SVEN ANDERSSON, 77, a former Swedish defense minister and foreign minister who was a dominant force in his nation's post-World War II politics, died Sept. 21 in Stockholm. The cause of death was not reported.

Mr. Andersson served in various cabinet positions for 28 consecutive years before his Social Democratic Party was ousted in a 1976 election. In his last government position, he headed a commission that investigated the violation of Swedish territorial waters by Soviet submarines.

RON MARTIN,57, a radio host whose syndicated "Country Report" show was heard on 180 country stations nationwide, died in Los Angeles on Sept. 22 after a heart attack.

Mr. Martin was hired as program director in the 1970s to change Los Angeles radio station KLAC from a talk show format to a country music station. He was chairman of the board of the Academy of Country Music and also was the announcer on the academy's nationally televised awards program.

CLAUDE ANDERSON, 53, a former member of the Virginia House of Delegates where he was known as one of the last conservative Southside powers, was found dead Sept. 22 at his home in Dillwyn, Va. The cause of death was not reported.

He served in the House from 1968 until 1985, when he lost his seat in a Democratic primary. He had chaired the powerful Privileges and Elections Committee, served on the influential Rules Committee, and had been a leading lieutenant of House Speaker A.L. Philpott.

LENA HODGES, 96, credited with saving many lives from a fire aboard the luxury liner Morro Castle off the New Jersey coast in 1934, died Sept. 15 in a nursing home in Fairhope, Ala. The cause of death was not reported.

Mrs. Hodges, who was known as the "heroine of the Morro Castle," was head stewardess aboard the ship when it caught fire Sept. 8, 1934, killing 134 of 548 passengers. According to reports, she was one of the last to leave the flaming ship. During the ordeal, she ripped up her undergarments so she could give people damp cloths to put over their faces as a filter for the smoke. She agreed to leave the ship only after a small boy, who was suspended over the ship's side by a rope, had been rescued.

DAVID W. MULLINS, 81, a former president of the University of Arkansas and the man who supervised the institution's unprecedented development, including the addition of three campuses, died Sept. 22 in Fayetteville, Ark. The cause of death was not reported.

He was president for 14 years, retiring in 1974. He then taught in the university's College of Education.

CAMILLA EYRING KIMBALL, 92, the widow of Mormon Church President Spencer W. Kimball, whom she married in 1917 and who served as president for 12 years before his death in 1985, died Sept. 20 at her home in Salt Lake City. The cause of death was not reported.

She was born in Colonia Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. When she was 17, revolutionaries in the Mexican civil war threatened Mormon colonies in Chihuahua and Sonora and she was sent to Provo, Utah, to live with an uncle.

REBECCA W. MEYERHOFF, 84, widow of real estate magnate and philanthropist Joseph Meyerhoff who died in 1985, died Sept. 18 at a hospital in Baltimore after a heart attack.

Mrs. Meyerhoff and her husband were important supporters of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and this led to the building of the new Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore. The Jewish studies program at the University of Maryland, established in 1974 as a result of Meyerhoff family gifts, is named after both Mrs. Meyerhoff and her husband.