Claudia Karavolas Karam, 59, was a long time resident of Saratoga Springs, NY. She passed away suddenly at Saratoga Springs Hospital on May 5th, 2014 after an exhausting battle with terminal brain cancer.
She was born April 6th, 1955 in Istanbul, and grew up with her brother Christian Karavolas. She moved to the U.S. and attended the University of Texas at Arlington where she received her Bachelor’s degree of Fine Arts with a focus in art history. She later moved to Long Island, NY where she was employed as a mortgage loan officer, had her daughter, Lili Karam, and met her husband, Louis Gilmore. Later, she moved with her family to Saratoga Springs, NY where she was employed as a real estate agent.
Claudia was passionate about painting, drawing, and architecture. She loved to research cultures around the world, and was fluent in five languages: English, French, Turkish, Greek and German. Her knowledge of world history and politics was vast, and indicative of a person with a broad perspective who loved to learn. Claudia was very liberal-minded, with a sharp wit, a loveable sense of sarcasm, and a brilliant smile that would light up the room. She was a tremendously caring individual, with an intense empathy for others.
Claudia is survived by her husband Louis Gilmore of Saratoga Springs, NY, her daughter Lili Karam of Syracuse, NY and her brother Christian Karavolas of New York, NY.
Donations in memory of Claudia can be made to the World Wildlife Foundation.
Arrangements are under the direction of Compassionate Funeral Care, Inc, 402 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.