We are saddened to announce the passing of Karen Davis Levene, former board president of the Binghamton Philharmonic.
Karen passed away peacefully on November 13 at the age of 86. Karen is survived by sons: Marc, John and Ron; two daughters-in-laws: Linda and Meg; and 5 grandchildren: Ben, Alex, Peyton, Caitlin and Charlie. Karen grew up in Binghamton with her younger sister Judith. She enjoyed music and ballet, graduated from Central High School, and continued her studies at Connecticut College. This pursuit was interrupted when she met Edward, married, and raised their four boys. After the boys grew up, she went back to school at Binghamton University, studying various topics of interest including Russian literature and philosophy, and graduating with a high honors degree in English literature. She subsequently she put her prodigious life skills to use as President of the Binghamton Philharmonic Board of Directors. Karen also served on the board of the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, and was a strong supporter of Temple Concord and WSKG. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made in Karen's memory to Temple Concord, WSKG, the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra, or the Alzheimer's Association. For more information, visit Karen's obituary in the Press and Sun-Bulletin.