Robert D. Nesen
|Robert D. Nesen|
|United States Ambassador to Australia|
|Preceded by||Philip H. Alston|
|Succeeded by||Laurence W. Lane|
January 22, 1918|
St. Louis, Michigan
|Died||November 14, 2005
Thousand Oaks, California
Robert Dean Nesen (1918–2005) was an American car dealer who served as United States Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management and Comptroller) from 1972 to 1974 and as United States Ambassador to Australia from 1981 to 1985.
Robert D. Nesen was born January 22, 1918 in St. Louis, Michigan. He was educated at Tri-State College and the Curtiss-Wright Technical Institute, receiving a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering in 1941. He worked for the Air-Research Corp. until 1942, when he joined the United States Navy, serving in World War II until 1946. Upon leaving the Navy, Nesen remained a member of the United States Navy Reserve, ultimately attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander before retiring from the Navy Reserve in 1966.
Governor of California Ronald Reagan appointed Nesen to the California New Car Dealers Policy and Appeals Board, and Nesen was elected as that organization's first president. Reagan later appointed him to the California State Board of Education. Nesen was active in the Republican Party during this period and served as chairman, and then cochairman, of the California delegation to the Republican National Convention. In 1970, he became a member of the Executive Committee of the National Review Board of the United States Department of State.
In 1972, President of the United States Richard Nixon nominated Nesen as Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management and Comptroller) and Nesen subsequently served in this office from May 31, 1972 until May 15, 1974.
In 1991, Nesen was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame.
Nesen died November 14, 2005 in Thousand Oaks, California.
Frank P. Sanders
|Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management and Comptroller)
May 31, 1972 – May 15, 1974
Gary D. Penisten
Philip H. Alston
|United States Ambassador to Australia
Laurence W. Lane Jr.