Wilson, Milton James, Sr.(born: 1915 - died: 2003)
Born in Paducah, KY, Milton James Wilson, Sr. was one of the first African Americans to earn a Ph.D. in accounting. He was the son of Rhea Day Wilson, a school teacher, and Jess Wilson, a Pullman Porter. He was the grandson of Elizabeth Day, also a public school teacher. Milton J. Wilson, Sr. was a graduate of Lincoln High School in Paducah, West Virginia State University, and Indiana University at Bloomington. He would later become chief accountant for architect Samuel Plato in Louisville, KY. In 1951, Wilson became the second African American in the U.S. to earn a Ph.D. in accounting (Indiana University). He was the 25th African American CPA in the U.S., and the first in Indiana and Texas. He created the business schools at Texas Southern University and Howard University and established a business school in Decca, Pakistan in 1966. For more see L. Abram, "Wilson, 88, launched TSU's business school," Houston Chronicle, 09/06/2003, A section, p. 37; A White-Collar Profession by T. Hammond; and "Milton James Wilson" in vol. 8 of African American National Biography , edited by H. L. Gates, Jr. and E. B. Higginbotham.