Oelman graduated from Dartmouth College in 1931, then attended University of Vienna. He joined National Cash Register Company in 1933. He became president in 1957, and later chairman and chief executive. Fa He was also a founder of Wright State University in 1967. Oelman retired from NCR in 1974 but remained on in an advisory capacity until 1980.
- Freudenheim, Milt (May 16, 2007). Robert S. Oelman, 97, Chief Who Led NCR to Automation, Dies. New York Times
- WSU Founder Robert Oelman via Wright State
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