Joseph Molyson is a native of South Louisiana and graduated with a BS in Environmental Science from Louisiana State University in New Orleans. He served a short tour of active duty near the end of the Vietnam War before being commissioned and returned to the air reserve forces as a Safety and Disaster Preparedness Officer. After working as a research assistant at Tulane Medical School, he became an environmental scientist with a commercial chemical company during the mid 1970s. He returned to school in 1976 and became a high school science teacher in 1976. In 1980 he earned a Masters in Science Education in Earth Sciences from the University of New Orleans.
Mr. Molyson returned to full time Air Force service in 1981 as a major in Intelligence. He served as a Squadron, Group and Wing Intelligence Officer including overseas service in Operation Desert Storm. He was later transferred to Headquarters Air Force Reserve in Warner Robins, Georgia as Assistant Director for Operations (Intelligence). Mr. Molyson retired as a Colonel in 2002. After renewing his teaching credentials, he began teaching Astronomy and Environmental Science in 2004.
He now teaches approximately 150 Astronomy students a year in the largest high school Astronomy program in Middle Georgia. His program has also been instituted in two other high schools in his district. Mr. Molyson is a proud member of the air Force Association, Knights of Columbus, Middle Georgia Astronomical Society, the Planetary Society and a volunteer at the NASA Educational Resource Center at Robins AFB Air Museum. He recently celebrated his 40th wedding anniversary with his wife Margaret. They have twin daughters, Elizabeth and Katherine, who are honor graduates of the University of Georgia and Georgia Institute of Technology, respectively.