Rupert Wallace Scofield
Born in New York, 1949, to a downwardly mobile blue blood couple from Boston and Dayton, Ohio, Rupert Scofield grew up on the mean streets of Levittown, Long Island, where he was taunted and bullied mercilessly all through high school because his father made him wear wing tips and cuffs during the era of Cuban heels and clam diggers. His father flew 90 missions in a B-25 over France and Italy, got the girl but then led a life of quiet desperation, climbing no higher than Assistant Treasurer of a New York bank. Resolved to never work for "the man", and especially never have a career in banking, Scofield today is President & CEO of a global financial services empire spanning 23 countries of Latin America, Africa, Eurasia, South Asia and the Middle East, and serving 2 million of the world's lowest income entrepreneurs with an outstanding loan portfolio of $850 million.
Scofield's writing career began at the age of ten with a short story, “The Last Request”, published in the Camp Chewonki Chronicle, Wiscasset, Maine, in 1959. The story dealt with a boy who spends summer break with his vampire uncle in Bulgaria (he knew the living dead came from Eastern Europe, just got the country wrong). After a 29-year hiatus, Scofield next broke into print with Agrarian Reform and Grassroots Development: Ten Case Studies (Boulder, Lynne Rienner, 1990), contributing a chapter on the Land Reforms of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. A Spanish translation of The Sheraton Murders (Hermanos de Sangre, Editorial Molino de Viento, 2008), based on the Death Squad murders of two American labor organizers and a Salvadoran peasant farmer union leader in the dining room of the Sheraton Hotel in El Salvador in 1980, was published in El Salvador and is available on Libros Centroamericanos website. The translator, a Salvadoran poet and journalist, said "As I was undertaking the translation, I couldn't get the characters out of my head. Rupert understands the Salvadoran people almost better than we do ourselves."
A former All-American lacrosse player, father of three and recipient of an Honorary Degree from Roehampton University in London, Scofield has spent the better part of his life dodging revolutions, earthquakes and assassins in the Third World, and once ran for his life from a mob in Mogadishu, Somalia.