LEE BYUNG-CHULL,

77, chairman and founder of the Samsung Group and one of the fathers of modern industrial South Korea, died in Seoul Nov. 19 of lung cancer.

Mr. Lee started his business in 1938, and rebuilt it after the 1950-1953 Korean War into a high-technology manufacturer and South Korea's first major trading company. Samsung has a current value of $16.5 billion on the Fortune magazine list of the world's 50 largest corporations.

The conglomerate began as a sugar refinery and textile manufacturer and expanded into electronics, aircraft, semiconductors, shipbuilding, machinery and food processing. The group now has 26 subsidiaries and about 147,000 employes. Mr. Lee also published one of Seoul's leading newspapers, the Joong-ang Daily News.

CHRISTOPHER WILMARTH,

44, a sculptor whose abstract works appear in major museums around the country, died Nov. 19 in his studio apartment in Brooklyn, N.Y., after apparently hanging himself, according to New York police.

Mr. Wilmarth began to build a reputation in the late 1960s, with his first one-man show in 1968. He won a National Endowment of the Arts award in 1969. In 1974 he had a highly praised show that toured nationally in museums, titled "Christoper Wilmarth: A Clearing For Outside Man."

BRAND BLANSHARD,

95, a professor of philosophy at Yale University from 1945 until his retirement in 1961, died Nov. 18 at his home in New Haven, Conn. The cause of death was not reported.

Mr. Blanshard's numerous books included the two-volume 1939 work, "The Nature of Thought," and the 1954 volume, "On Philosophical Style." His latest work was "Four Reasonable Men: Marcus Aurelius, John Stuart Mill, Ernest Renan and Henry Sidgwick," published in 1984 by Wesleyan University Press.