David B. Fell, 83, a retired printing official in the Bureau of Ships in the Navy Department who was an amateur radio operator and a member of the Society of Friends, died of cancer April 7 at the Herman Wilson Health Care Center of the Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg.

Mr. Fell, who was born in Philadelphia, served in the Marine Corps in World War I. He moved to the Washington area during World War II and headed the machinery branch in the printing and publishing division of the War Production Board. After the war, he joined the Navy Department. He retired in 1961.

A printer in his own right, Mr. Fell was a past president of the Washington Litho Club.

Mr. Fell was a trustee and treasurer of Sidwell Friends School and was associated with the Sandy Spring Meeting of the Society of Friends.

He got his first amateur radio license in 1913. He was a member of the Potomac Valley Radio Club, the American Radio Relay League and other radio organizations. He also was a Mason and a Red Cross Bloodmobile volunteer.

His wife, the former Elizabeth Summerlin DeVane, died in 1977.

Survivors include a son, David B. Jr., of Bethesda; a brother, Edward W., of Lumberton, N.J., and four grandchildren.