Joseph C. Wilson (Xerox)


Joseph C. Wilson (Xerox)

:"For Joseph C. Wilson IV, see Joseph C. Wilson".

Joseph C. Wilson was the founder of the Xerox Corporation, a graduate of the University of Rochester and a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He was born in 1909 and he passed away in 1971. He helped to develop xerography pioneered by Chester Carlson.

As president of Xerox, he made an effort to integrate Xerox during the late 1960s. After the race riots that began in Detroit had reached Xerox headquarters in Rochester, New York, Wilson wrote in a letter to all Xerox managers that "he wanted a very aggressive program to recruit and hire blacks in this company." [http://www.diversitycareers.com/articles/pro/junejuly03/dia_xerox.htm]

The former West High School in Rochester, New York was renamed Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School in his honor. One of its magnet programs is for science and technology, and has a long-running partnership with Xerox, which funds and supplies mentors for an extracurricular computer science club. Wilson Magnet has long had a very strong program of Advanced Placement (AP) courses, and later also began offering International Baccalaureate (IB) courses. It is often honored for excellence; in the late 1980s it was ranked the ninth best high school in New York State, the Washington Post in 2004 said it is "regarded as one of the nation's most intellectually demanding" schools.The Wilson Commons as well as Wilson Boulevard at the University of Rochester river campus are also named after Joe Wilson. The Wilson family continues Joe's great tradition of philanthropy in the Rochester area mainly through the Marie C. and Joseph C. Wilson Foundation. Family members take a very active role in the every day running of the foundation and its charitable activities.

External links

* [http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/theymadeamerica/whomade/wilson_hi.html PBS documentary]


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