Life After College

After graduation, Wilson studied at the Harvard Business School, graduating with high honors in 1933. He returned to Rochester and, with employment prospects during the Depression dim, went to work at the Haloid Corporation.

Haloid, founded in 1903 by Wilson’s grandfather ("JC" Wilson) and three other businessmen, was not quite the “family business.” Joe Wilson’s father (JR) was a vice-president, but it was Haloid’s president, Gilbert Mosher, who held the controlling interest in the company.

Fresh from his business school training, Wilson worked in various departments in the company. His new ideas were not always warmly welcomed, but his respectful manner won him respect in return from fellow employees.