Winfield S. Scott, 60, a retired Army brigadier general who was a special assistant to the deputy assistant secretary of Defense for cost and audit, died of asphyxiation Nov. 23 at his home in Falls Church.

The Northern Virginia medical examiner's office said the death was an apparent suicide.

Gen. Scott was under treatment for a psychiatric disorder at the time.

He was born in Providence, R.I. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1944 and served in Europe during World War II.

He later earned a master's degree in electrical engineering at Northwestern University and a master's in business administration at George Washington University.

His assignments after the war included various posts in this country and Germany. He served in Vietnam in 1965 and 1966. In 1971, he was ordered to Fort Belvoir, where he organized and became the first commandant of the Defense Systems Management College. He retired from the Army in 1974 and shortly thereafter went to work at the Defense Department. He had lived in Falls Church since 1958.

Gen. Scott's military decorations included the Distinguished Service Medal and three Legions of Merit.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Kerney Scott of Falls Church; four children, Bette Scott Meuleners of West Point, N.Y., Carla Scott Thompson of Solon, Ohio, Army Maj. Bruce K. Scott of Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and Jeanine Scott of Falls Church; a sister, Marjory Solomon Day of Providence, and eight grandchildren.