William Fenderson Woodman, 62, a retired Navy commissioned warrant officer who later was an official of the Naval Security Group Command, died of cancer Sept. 15 at the Bethesda Naval Medical Center.

Mr. Woodman, who lived in McLean, was born in San Antonio. He enlisted in the Navy in 1937, and served in the Atlantic and Alaska during World War II. For most of his career, he was attached to what is now the Naval Security Group, which is concerned with communications security. He was stationed in Washington when he retired in 1959 with the rank of commissioned warrant officer.

After working for the Collins Radio Corp. as an electronics engineer, Mr. Woodman returned to the Naval Security Group in 1965 as a civilian and specialized in cryptographic engineering. He was director of the electromagnetic surveillance division at his retirement earlier this year.

He received the Navy Department's Superior Civilian Service Award and the Naval Security Group's Meritorious Service Award.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy, of McLean; a son, Donald King of New York City, a daughter, Tracey Diane, of McLean; a brother, Otis, of Salida, Colo., and four sisters, Helen Archer, Dorothy Baker and Daisy Beese, all of Austin, Tex., and Mary Pearson of Fresno, Calif.