Longtime Administrative Lawyer, 88, Once a Pilot Shot Down in World War II, Now Looks to the Stars

A former U.S. Air Force pilot who lost a leg after being shot down over Germany in World War II, Bill Kraham survived, although he lost part of a leg as a result of the crash, and went on to become a lawyer.

He worked for the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington, D.C., after earning his law degree from Cleveland State University, then went into private administrative law practice, representing the FAA, Department of Defense and NASA, recounts the Washington Post.

Now 88 and living in the D.C. area, Kraham has been retired since 2008 from his law practice of some 45 years and is focusing on his lifelong interest in astronomy. He has taken every class related to the cosmos and consciousness at the University of Maryland and the University of Virginia, the newspaper reports, and has created a website, all energy and matter, that is intended to make the basics of astronomy clear to the uninitiated.

At his age, Kraham says, he is more interested than ever in the major questions of life.

“I want to find out what’s out there and how we all got here,” he tells the Post. “I would like to find out everything while I am on this earth.”

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