Bruce Blackburn, Designer of Ubiquitous NASA Logo, Dies at 82


Bruce Nelson Blackburn was born on June 2, 1938, in Dallas and raised in Evansville, Ind., on the Ohio River. His father, Buford Blackburn, was {an electrical} engineer. His mom, Ruby (Caraway) Blackburn, was a homemaker and actual property agent. As a boy, Bruce spent hours portray and drawing in his bed room. In his teenagers he shaped a Dixieland band and received state music competitions enjoying the French horn.

He graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1961 with a bachelor’s diploma in design and served within the Navy as a communications officer.

By the late Sixties, Mr. Blackburn had moved to New York to work for the design agency Chermayeff & Geismar. He later left it to discovered Danne & Blackburn. He parted methods with Mr. Danne within the Nineteen Eighties and began his personal agency, Blackburn & Associates, on Park Avenue. He married Tina Harsham in 1979.

In addition to his daughter, Ms. McFadden, Mr. Blackburn is survived by his spouse; two sons, David Blackburn and Nick Sontag; a sister, Sandra Beeson; and eight grandchildren.

He and his spouse moved to Santa Fe, N.M., a decade in the past, they usually settled in Lakewood, Colo., in 2017. A project that turned necessary to him was designing logos for 2 Episcopal church buildings of which he was a longtime congregant: Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Weston, Conn., and St. Bede’s Episcopal Church in Santa Fe.

Last year, Mr. Blackburn was shocked when NASA revived the worm brand and put it on the aspect of a SpaceX rocket that was launched into orbit within the spring. The destiny of the worm had at all times remained a young topic for him.

“I think he was glad to know that his design was finally back in space,” his daughter mentioned.