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John Oliver Nestor, M.D.[1]

Male 1912 - 1999


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  • Suffix  M.D. 
    Born  7 Nov 1912  , Franklin Borough, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Male 
    Education  Georgetown medical school, graduating in 1940. 
    Census: Federal  Jan 1920  136 Main Street, Franklin Borough, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • 1) William Nestor, head, white male age 35, born in NJ, father born in VT, mother born in NJ, employment agent for zinc mill
      2) Fannie Nestor, wife, white female age 32, born in PA, father born in NY, mother born in PA
      3) William Jr. Nestor, son, single white male age 10, born in NJ, attended school
      4) Robert Nestor, son, single white male age 8, born in NJ, attended school
      5) John Nestor, son, single white male age 7, born in NJ, attended school
      6) Francis Nestor, son, single white male age 5 6/12, born in NJ, attended school
      7) Caroline Nestor, daughter, single white female age 3 6/12, born in NJ
      8) Ellen Nestor, daughter, single white female age 1 6/12, born in NJ
      9) Estella Kozlowski, work girl, single white female age 19, born in NJ, parents born in Poland, servant
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    Census: Federal  5 Apr 1930  51 Main Street, Franklin Borough, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • 1) William C. Nestor, head, white male age 45, married at 23, born in NJ, father born in VT, mother born in NJ, manager at employment office, rents a home for $20, owns a radio
      2) Fannie Nestor, wife, white female age 42, married at 20, born in PA, father born in NY, mother born in PA
      3) Robert Nestor, son, single white male age 19, born in NJ, attended school
      4) John Nestor, son, single white male age 17, born in NJ, attended school
      5) Francis Nestor, son, single white male age 15, born in NJ, attended school
      6) Caroline Nestor, daughter, single white female age 13, born in NJ, attended school
      7) Ellen Nestor, daughter, single white female age 12, born in NJ, attended school
      8) Joseph Nestor, son, single white male age 9, born in NJ, attended school
      9) Clair Nestor, daughter, single white female age 7, born in NJ, attended school
      10) Paul Nestor, son, single white male age 4 4/12, born in NJ
      11) Edward Nestor, son, single white male age 2 2/12, born in NJ
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    News Article  8 Feb 1945  , Newton, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    The New Jersey Herald 
    • "CAPT. NESTOR ON
      HOSPITAL STAFF
      Recently Assigned To Convalescent
      Hospital, St. Petersburg

      Captain John O. Nestor, M. C., has been recently assigned to the staff of the Don Ce-Sar AAF, Convalescent Hospital, St. Petersburg. Captain Nestor has the distinction of holding the Bronze Star, awarded by the Army for heroic service under enemy fire. According to an order published by the 12th Air Force, making the award, Captain Nestor, medical officer of his outfit, disregarded the danger of German bombs and went to the assistance of wounded men near him who were calling for aid.

      Stationed at the Alesan Airbase on the island of Corsica, Captain Nestor was serving with the 489th Bomb Aquadron, a unit of the 340th Bomb Group. On the 13th of May a large formation of enemy aircraft attacked the field, bombing and straffing the installations with such force that a number of men were struck down before reaching safety. Captain Nestor, though protected by the comparative safety of a slit trench, left his trench while the attacking planes were still boring in and went across exposed terrain to give first aid to a number of menwho were in immediate need of help. In the words of the citation, "Displaying calm efficiency, he then directed their immediate evacuation to the nearest station hospital where prompt treatment saved many lives and relieved much suffering."

      Captain Nestor, who was a practicing physician before entering the service in June, 1940, is a resident of Newton, N. J. His mother, Mrs. Fannie O. Nestor, lives at 36 Halsted St. there. He went overseas in February, 1943, and served as a flight surgeon in the Mediterranean theatre where the 340th Bomb Group fought as an alement of the 12th Air Force."
    Died  1 May 1999  , Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Obituary  5 May 1999  , Washington, District of Columbia County, District of Columbia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    The Washington Post 
    • Physician John Nestor Dies
      FDA Official Renowned for Strict Driving Habits
      by Martin Weil
      Washington Post Staff Writer

      John O. Nestor, 86, a physician who was recognized for vigilance in screening new drugs while at the Food and Drug Administration--and also for his practice of resolutely adhering to the speed limit while driving his car in the fast lane--died of renal failure May 1at the Hospice of Northern Virginia.

      Dr. Nestor's celebrity as a motorist can be traced to a letter he wrote to the Washington Post in 1984, explaining his conduct on multilane highways. The letter led to the coining of the term "Nestoring" to describe actions such as his, of firm conformity to standards and regulations that are more honored in the breach.

      In the letter, he said that on divided highways, he drove in the left lane with cruise control set at the speed limit because that was usually the smoothest lane. He said he avoided slower traffic moving in and out from the right and avoided resetting his cruise control with every lane change.

      "Why," he asked, "should I inconvenience myself for someone who wants to speed?"

      Responses, often couched in vehement terms, were swift, and the argument has been resurrected periodically down to the present day.

      An editorial that appeared in The Post in February said that Dr. Nestor, a veteran of nearly 70 years of motoring, was "still Nestoring," although not on four-lane highways as often as he had in the past.

      As an FDS medical officer, Dr. Nestor was, among other things, a colleague and supporter of Frances Kelsey in the 1960s when she was reviewing the drug thalidomide in what has become a key episode in the history of drug safety.

      Thalidomide ultimately was blamed for birth defects elsewhere in the world of thousands of children who were born without limbs. Kelsey was credited with preventing the drug's use in this country, and according to an article in The Post by reporter Morton Mintz, Dr. Nestor "had reinforced her skepticism" about the drug.

      Dr. Nestor, a pediatric cardiologist who lived in Arlington for more than 50 years, was born in Franklin, N.J., graduated from Georgetown University medical school and won a Broze Star for valor while serving as an Air Corps flight surgeon during World War II.

      While a bombing and staffing raid was underway in 1944 on the base in Corsica at which he was stationed, he left the safety of a trench to administer aid to the wounded and to see their immediate evacuation.

      After serving as chief resident at Children's Hospital, he went into private practice. He was also a consultant to hospitals and government agencies, taught pediatrics at Georgetown and Howard University medical schools and published numerous articles. He joined the FDA in 1961.

      February's Post editorial said that Dr. Nestor's FDA career appeared to suffer for a time in the 1970s, "apparently because he resisted speeding up approval of certain drugs that he felt hadn't been adequately tested." But, the editorial said, the agency eventually corrected itself, and he received a public apology.

      After recalling Dr. Nestor's faithfulness to his principles, the editorial again considered his driving habits and concluded with these words:
      "If while speeding down the left lane, you should come upon his '92 Ford Taurus, do not expect him to pull over."

      Survivors include two sisters and two brothers.
    Occupation  Air Corps flight surgeon for 4 1/2 years. 
    • He then became a pediatric cardiologist. Later he worked as a medical officer in the Food and Drug Administration, where he developed a reputation for whistle-blowing.
    Person ID  I96  Nestor Rich Tree
    Last Modified  20 Aug 2007 

    Father  William Christopher Nestor,   b. 13 Dec 1884, , Franklin Borough, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Oct 1935, Post Graduate Hospital, Manhattan, New York County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship  Natural 
    Mother  Fannie Oliver,   b. 21 Nov 1888, , Hunlock, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Oct 1962, 1701 North George Mason Drive, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship  Natural 
    Married  Between 20 Apr 1908 and 19 Apr 1909  , Franklin Borough, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F113  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 7 Nov 1912 - , Franklin Borough, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus: Federal - Jan 1920 - 136 Main Street, Franklin Borough, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus: Federal - 5 Apr 1930 - 51 Main Street, Franklin Borough, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNews Article - The New Jersey Herald - 8 Feb 1945 - , Newton, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1 May 1999 - , Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsObituary - The Washington Post - 5 May 1999 - , Washington, District of Columbia County, District of Columbia, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S20] "Social Security Death Index," database, Ancestry.com, Social Security Administration, (www.ancestry.com), entry for John O. Nestor, 1999, SS no. 135-12-8147, 20 Aug 2007.

    2. [S569] 1920 U.S. census, Sussex County, New Jersey, population schedule, digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com, (www.ancestry.com), William Nestor household, 136 Main St., Franklin Borough, district 129, dwelling & family 84, page 4A; citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm publication T625, roll 1068.

    3. [S307] 1930 U.S. census, Sussex County, New Jersey, population schedule, digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com, (www.ancestry.com), William Nestor household, 51 Main St., Franklin Borough, district 8, dwelling 47, family 54, pages 2B & 3A; citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm publication T626, roll 1384.

    4. [S373] The New Jersey Herald, Newton, New Jersey, on microfilm, (Newton, New Jersey: Sussex County Library), news article for John O. Nestor, 8 Feb 1945.

    5. [S950] The Washington Post, Washington, D.C., obituary for John O. Nestor, 5 May 1999, Metro section, B.05.