Brother Robert D. Wood, S.M., was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and joined the Society of Mary (Marianists) in 1945. He received his Ph.D. from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru in 1967, with a specialty in Latin American History. He is currently in charge of the archives at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, where the Laredo Archives are housed. He has taught and held various administrative positions in Marianist high schools and universities in the United States, Canada, Japan, Peru, and Mexico.
The author of eight books on religion, history, and archaeology, Wood also has privately published six volumes of documents from the Laredo Archives, along with an index volume. He has translated several other works from Spanish to English for publication and contributed more than thirty articles to various journals and magazines.