Steve Crocker wrote the first RFC. Note that it wasn't a computer file at all; The first RFCs were all on paper, and circulated via mail! (That's why the copy you can find at rfc-editor.org has the note "put into machine readable form ... by Celeste Anderson 3/97").
It may be worth mentioning that this RFC was written down in a bathroom over night... this just shows the great contrast between formal, committee-designed protocols and "academic toys". =)
Source: Hafner & Lyon: Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The origins of the Internet