Retired Army Lt. Col. Wilbur A. Scudder Jr., 55, a signal corps officer and resident of Arlington since 1976, died of cancer Sunday at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, where he had been admitted June 19.

He was stationed at Fort Monmouth, N.J. at the time of his retirement in 1971.

Col. Scudder was born in Rochester, N.Y. He enlisted in the Army in 1943 and served in Europe in 1944-45. After World War II ended, he attended Kent State University, where he earned a degree in science.

He was recalled to active duty at Fort Monmouth, where he served in the signal corps form 1953 to 1955. He then went to Paris for three years as a communications adviser for the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers, Europe (SHAPE) with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Col. Scudder served at Fort Eustis, Va. and Fort Wadsworth, N.Y., before he was assigned to Fort Ritchie, Md., in 1962. Three years later he volunteered for duty in Vietnam. He was there two years, then came to the Washington area to serve with the Defense Communication Agency.

He returned to Vietnam in 1968 before his final assignment at Fort Monmouth.

Col. Scudder's decorations included the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star Medal.

He is survived by his wife, Elnora (Mac), two children by a previous marriage, Vicki Ann and Chad Allen Scudder, and two stepdaughters, Sharon D. and Donna M. Smith, all of Arlington; his parents, Wilbur A. and Minnie J. Scudder Sr., and a sister, Elizabeth Charvet all of Corfu, N.Y., and two brothers, Bruce, of Sumter, S.C., and Everett, of Machias, N.Y.