Emilia Hramov, devoted wife of Konstantin D. Hramov, died on May 17, 2017, at age 93. For the latter part of her professional career, she was a teacher of the Russian language at Yale. She was caring and demanding, gracious and brilliant. She stimulated interest in Slavic studies, she was adored by her students, and she had a strong positive effect on many of their lives. Her husband was also a popular teacher of Russian. Students treated the Hramov's house in Hamden as their “home away from home,” and many returned frequently after graduation for conversation and advice. She is survived by her husband's nephew and niece, Walter Protas, of Hopkinton, Massachusetts, and Tatiana Soltan, of Camarillo, California. Mrs. Hramov, the daughter of Paul and Elisabeth Stamatelatos, was born in 1924 in Odessa, Russia. They moved almost immediately to Latvia, where she remained until the outbreak of WWII. In 1947, she emigrated from northwest occupied Germany to New York City, where she worked for the New York Times while earning a BA from City College of New York and an MA in Slavic Linguistics from New York University. She and Konstantin were married in 1969, at which point she came to New Haven and joined him as a teacher of Russian. Friends may visit on Monday from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden, where a Panychida Service will be held at 7:00 pm. The funeral service will take place at 10:00 am, May 30 at St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, 1 Honeyspot Road, Stratford, CT. It will be followed by burial at the Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven and then a reception and light lunch at Whitney Center, 200 Leeder Hill Dr., Hamden. Individuals who wish to make memorial donations in her honor are encouraged to contribute to her church or to Yale’s Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, P. O. Box 208236, New Haven CT 06520-8236.

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  1. Vechnaya pamyath, dear Emilia Pavlovna. May your soul rest in peace beside your loving husband. I am eternally grateful to you for being my mentor and friend in my 16 years of teaching Russian at Yale. Your kindness and love of teaching Russian language at Yale will always be remembered.

    Memory eternal,

    Anna Vasilyevna Koltypina and family

  2. Memory Eternal, my dear Emilia. You were the very last connection to my parents about whom we spoke together so frequently. And your mother was their closest friend going back to Germany during refugee times. Vechnaya pamyat.

    Margarita ( Mika) Tirs and James O’Neill

  3. Sincere condolences, both from me personally and also on behalf of the Yale European Studies Council. Mrs. Hramov was a wonderful and attentive colleague who gave much valuable insight to the meetings, activities, and members of the Council. It was my honor to have known her.

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