Constantine Raitzky (1931–2009)

Constantine Raitzky, who designed exhibitions for the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History and was the former exhibition designer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, died June 29. He was seventy-eight.

Raitzky was a graduate of the City College of New York and received a second bachelor's degree from the Pratt Institute in New York. He helped design the renowned Eastman Kodak Pavilion at the 1964 New York World's Fair, which featured multiple exhibits and theaters. In the 1960s, Raitzky spent four years as manager of exhibition design for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He prepared many permanent and temporary exhibitions and helped design the museum's overall appearance.

Raitzky began working for the Smithsonian as a freelance designer in the late 1970s and prepared a traveling exhibition, “The Clockwork Universe,” for the National Museum of American History in 1980. He joined the museum's staff in 1985 and helped design many major exhibitions, including the 1988 traveling exhibition “Frank Lloyd Wright in the Realm of Ideas,” shown at museums across the country.

He also participated in revisions to the First Ladies exhibit at the National Museum of American History and in the recent renovation of the museum's permanent exhibition of musical instruments.