William G. Frederick Sr., 88, a retired Army colonel who was a veteran of both world wars and active in civic affairs in Arlington, died Oct. 23 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center following complications of surgery for a hip fracture.

Col. Frederick was born in Baltimore and was a resident of the Washington-Baltimore area all his life. He served in the Army during World War I, then was a civilian logistics officer at Fort Holabird, Md., between the wars. He was recalled to active duty during World War II and served in the Pacific and in Washington.

After the war, Col. Frederick served as a transportation officer in Washington, as chief of overseas supply agencies in New York, San Francisco and New Orleans and as a logistics officer in Washington. He retired from active duty in 1954 but continued to work until 1962 as a civilian logistics officer in Washington.

Since his retirement, Col. Frederick had been active in Arlington civic affairs and was a former president of the Arlington Ridge Civic Association and a treasurer of the Arlington County Civic Federation. He was a member of the American Legion, the Fairlington United Methodist Church and the Glen Burnie Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include his wife, Opal Kee Frederick of Alexandria; a son, William G. Jr., of Arlington; a brother, George, of Baltimore, and three grandchildren.