Bill Kraham learned to fly an airplane in a Piper Cub equipped with skis operating from February-ice-covered Otsego Lake in Cooperstown, New York. He was 15 at the time. He served as a pilot in the US Army Air Force for 4 years.
After leaving service with the Air Force, he returned to college, and law school. He had attended Columbia University before service, but completed pre-law studies at Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and law school at Cleveland State University where he earned a Juris Doctorate degree.
He practiced law in Ohio, before joining FAA as legal counsel in Washington for five years. He then returned to private law practice, primarily representing clients before, FAA, NASA, and the Department of Defense.
He continued in law until retiring from full time practice in 2008, at which time he began studies in astronomy at the Universities of Maryland and Virginia. He continues his work in the field, now primarily in Cosmology, with a special interest in the study of Consciousness and the Cosmos.
He began studies in observational astronomy on line and with use of DVDs at the universities of Maryland and Virginia, but most of his work was through independent study at his residence.
He is a senior member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Bill and his wife, Ann, live in Gaithersburg, Maryland. They have three children, ten grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.