Henry Harap, 87, a retired professor of education who specialized in curriculum design and the author of an early book on consumer affairs, died Thursday at the Friends House in Sandy Springs, Md., of cardio-pulmonary arrest.

Mr. Harap was born in Austria and came to the United States in 1901. He settled in New York City. He graduated from the City College of New York and earned master's and doctoral degrees in education at Columbia University.

He taught education at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and at Western Reserve and Ohio State universities. From 1937 until his retirement in 1959, he was the associate director of the division of surveys and field services at the George Peabody College in Nashville, Tenn. He retired to Washington and lived in the city until moving to Friends House four years ago.

In 1957, Mr. Harap went to India as a consultant on education to the government.

Mr. Harap was a founder and board member of the Consumer's Union. In 1924, he published "The Education of a Consumer." His other books included "The Core Curriculum." Earlier this year, he received the Distinguished Service Award of the American Educational Research Association for his contributions to the curriculum field.

Survivors include his wife, Joan C., of Sandy Spring; four daughters, Linda Makosky of Karachi, Pakistan, Joan Gould of Scotia, N.Y., Elena Dodd of Roxbury, Mass., and Eileen Drath of Palo Alto, Calif., and a sister, a brother and nine grandchildren.