Aristides Scoufelis

Dr. Scoufelis is professor of History and Economics Emeritus at the State University of New York, Farmingdale, where he continues to teach.  He earned the bachelor’s and master’s degrees at New York University, and the doctorate at Columbia University.  His special interest in American entrepreneurial history has resulted in the presentation of conference papers undertaking a social and intellectual examination of the role of business leadership in American history—at Grand Rapids, Michigan; Calgary, Alberta, Canada; and Saratoga Springs, New York.


He served in the United States Army, was classified a linguist, and was stationed in France as part of America’s commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. In addition to his other military duties, he was assigned to the Public Information Office and was a writer and editor for the weekly Army post newspaper.  He was also appointed to the Troop Information and Education program in an administrative capacity, and served as Depot historian.


The author has broad knowledge of Greek and French, has traveled through most of Western Europe and, more recently, visited parts of Central and Eastern Europe.  Prior to embarking on an academic career, in 1960, encompassing teaching and administration, at St. John’s University, New York; and teaching, at New York University; and at the State University of New York, Farmingdale, his early background had extended to such diverse areas as the United Nations Secretariat; radio broadcasting, as a staff announcer; and international banking, in New York.


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Philanthropy Of American Business Leaders, 1910-1932

The public views and record of philanthropy of a convenience and judgment sample of fifty-eight American big business leaders were weighed against both “Robber Baron” and “Industrial Statesman” interpretations of entrepreneurship to test the revisionist “Industrial Statesman” hypothesis that the views and donations of a purposive sample of America’s business leaders for the period 1910 to 1932 demonstrated positive contributions to our nation’s learning, culture, and human welfare.


In this manner the philosophy of public service emerged as a prominent moving force explaining the philanthropy of American business leaders, resulting from an ethical, humanitarian morality which championed the role of education in a democratic society, and the preservation of American civilization. Thoughtful motives similarly prompted generous giving, as evidenced in libraries, museums, the theater, and art galleries, while additionally providing or enriching those facilities that have enhanced the country’s health, research, technology, and leisure-time activities.


Business, Non-Fiction, History


  • Bernita McGoldrick | 17/02/2015

    Dr. Scoufelis book was highly insightful regard of the American businessperson into a time period that many college students only have a contextual view through textbooks and microfish. The references, snippets of letters and documents, as well as historical data helped to put a better understanding of the US in its development as an economic leader in the world as we know it today. It is excellent supplement to the knowledge base provided by classroom text.



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