Retired Army Maj. Gen. William S. Rumbough, 88, who was the Army's chief Signal Corps officer in the European theater during World War II and then a teacher and administrator in Northern Virginia public schools, died Tuesday at Walter Reed Hospital after a heart attack.

A native of Lynchburg, Va., Gen. Rumbough attended the University of Virginia and taught at Boys Latin School in Baltimore. He enlisted in the Army in 1916 and three years later was commissioned in the Signal Corps.

When the United States entered World War II, he was commanding a Signal Corps training camp in Missouri. In 1942, he was named chief Signal Corps officer in Europe. His decorations included the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star Medal.

Gen. Rumbough had earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering at George Washington University in 1927. After leaving the Army in 1946, he returned there and earned a master's degree in education. In 1949, he earned a doctorate in education at GW.

While pursuing his graduate studies, he taught mathematics and physics at Falls Church High School. From 1949 to 1956, he was the school's principal. He then became principal at McLean High School and also taught physics there until his retirement about 1963. For some years after that, he was a part-time teacher at McLean. He lived in Washington.

Gen. Rumbough's first wife Pauline, died about 1974. His second wife, Margaret de Quevedo, died last year. Survivors include a stepdaughter, Gloria Coady of Baltimore.