Brooke Schumm, 79, a retired Navy rear admiral and a former teacher at St. Stephens School in Alexandria, died April 15 at Anne Arundel General Hospital after a heart attack. He lived in Annapolis.

Adm. Schumm was born in Ossining, N.Y. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1927. During the 1930s, he had duty off the coast of Cuba and in the waters of China and Spain. During World War II, he had 44 consecutive months of sea duty in the Pacific aboard the cruiser San Diego.

After the war, he commanded the Okanagan, an attack transport, and the cruiser Salem, flagship of the 6th Fleet. His several assignments during the 1950s included duty as assistant chief of the Bureau of Personnel in the Navy Department. He retired in 1959.

Adm. Schumm earned a master's degree in education from George Washington University before becoming a teacher at St. Stephens School in 1961. He retired for the second time in 1969, and moved to Annapolis in 1973.

His military honors include the Bronze Star.

His first wife, the former Elizabeth Darling, died in 1973.

Survivors include his wife, the former Ruth Tarrant, of Annapolis; two sons by his first marriage, Brooke Jr., of Cleveland and Walter R., of Manhattan, Kan.; six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.