Cordelia Myers, 63, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army Medical Specialist Corps and then the editor of "The American Journal of Occupational Therapy," died of cancer Friday at Walter Reed Army Medical Centre.

Col. Myer was born in Holton, Kan., and graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in fine arts. She taught in public schools in Kansas and Illinois from 1938 until 1944. She earned a certificate in Occupatioinal therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1945 and spent the next year as a Red Cross worker in Army hospitals in North Africa.

She was commissioned a lieutenant in the Army Medical Specialist Corps in 1947. In 1955, she earned a master's degree in occupational theraphy from New York University. She was assigned to several major Army hospitals during her military career as an occupational therapist and also served two tours of duty in the office of the surgeon general of the Army in Washington. She resigned in 1968 and had lived in Washington since then.

She was the editor of "The American Journal of Occupational Therapy" from 1968 to 1974, when she retired a second time. She had been a student at the Corcoran Art Gallery since then.

Her military awards included a Certificate of Achievement from Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and the Army Commendation Medal from the surgeon general of the Army.

Survivors include two sisters, Adelaide Harrison, of Ulysses, Kan., and Virginia Ruud, of Bellevue, Wash., and a brother, John Q. Myers, of Anderson, Calif.