William Arthur Hammill, 86, a retired Government Printing Office personnel director who was involved in Prince George's County public affairs and volunteerism, died Feb. 15 at a hospital in Somerville, Mass. He had congestive heart failure.

Mr. Hammill worked for GPO from 1963 to 1976 and did management consulting work until the early 1980s.

He served on the Cheverly Town Council in the 1960s and was defeated in a 1989 mayoral bid.

Meanwhile, he had established himself as one of the county's top volunteers.

He was executive director of the Prince George's Voluntary Action Center Inc., an organization he helped start after Prince George's County abolished its volunteer services office in 1982.

He also was a founder of the Prince George's Volunteer Coordinators Association.

In 1984, he was a recipient of the volunteer activist award from the Volunteer Clearinghouse Coalition of the Washington Metropolitan Area, an umbrella group.

He moved from Cheverly to Cambridge, Mass., last summer.

Mr. Hammill was a native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Louisville. He did graduate studies in social work at New York University, the University of Louisville and Wayne State University in Michigan.

He served in the Army Air Forces in the Pacific during World War II and was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War. He retired from the Air Force Reserve in 1968 as a lieutenant colonel.

He did personnel work at Veterans Administration hospitals in Kentucky, Michigan and New York before settling in the Washington area in the mid-1950s. He then became personnel director of the Civil Service Commission.

His memberships included the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Federal Executive Institute alumni association. He was an emeritus board member of Prince George's Hospital Center.

He was a former member of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission merit board.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Jane Krieger Hammill of Cambridge; two daughters, Marcia Bystryn of New York and Eleanor Hammill of Cambridge; a sister; and four grandchildren.