John Nestor

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John Oliver Nestor (November 7, 1912 – May 1, 1999)[1] was a U.S. Food and Drug Administration medical officer.

In 1972 he was transferred out of the FDA’s Bureau of Drugs.[2] Robert G. Vaughn wrote in his book "The Successes and Failures of Whistleblower Laws" that he "became on of the best-known FDA whistleblowers of all time."[3] He later received an apology[4] and was returned to his position.[5]

He also achieved fame in the Washington, D.C. area in 1984 after The Washington Post published his letter describing his favored driving method: On highways Nestor would settle his vehicle in the far left lane and set the cruise control at the speed limit, at the time 55 mph. He would not move to the right for drivers behind him. "Why," he asked, "should I inconvenience myself for someone who wants to speed?" [6] Nestor also believed he was performing a public service by forcing people to obey the nationwide 55 mile-per-hour speed limit.[7]

Nestor's letter enraged many motorists and led Paul J. Leonard to coin the term 'Nestoring' to describe the practice in another letter to the editor.[8] Nestor died in 1999 at the age of 86.[9]


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  2. ^ Schmeck, Harold M. (3 April 1972). "Nader Group Sees Pressure on F.d.a." The New York Times. The New York Times. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  3. ^ Vaughn, Robert G. (2012). The Successes and Failures of Whistleblower Laws. Edward Elgar Publishing. p. ix. ISBN 9781849808385. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Physician John Nestor Dies". Washington Post. 5 May 1999. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  5. ^ "John Nestor: Strife in the Fast Lane". Washington Post. 21 November 1984. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  6. ^ Kelly, John (2008-10-24). "John Kelly's Washington". Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-10-31.
  7. ^ Suplee, Curt (21 November 1984). "John Nestor: Strife in the Fast Lane". The Washington Post.
  8. ^ Davenport, John E. (1984-11-10). "Letter to the Editor 6 -- No Title". Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-10-31.
  9. ^ Weil, Martin (1999-05-05). "Physician John Nestor Dies; FDA Official Renowned for Strict Driving Habits". Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2012-10-22. Retrieved 2008-10-31.