Rudolph de Harak, 78, a modernist designer known for his...

Deaths Elsewhere

May 01, 2002

Rudolph de Harak, 78, a modernist designer known for his innovative museum exhibitions, died April 24 in Trenton, Maine.

Mr. de Harak designed an exploded diesel engine, showing its parts separated and suspended by wires to illustrate how they fit together, as the centerpiece of the Cummins Engine Museum in Columbus, Ind. He also worked on the design of the Egyptian Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, a project that took a decade to complete.

Other work included the "Man, His Planet, and Space" pavilion at Montreal's Expo '67 and the U.S. Pavilion at Expo '70 in Osaka, Japan.

A native of Culver City, Calif., Mr. de Harak opened a design office in New York in the early 1950s. He designed hundreds of book jackets, record covers and posters.

He taught for a quarter-century at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York, and was a visiting professor at other schools.

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