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ROBERT WILLS NESTER
Robert Wills Nester, 74, of Potomac, MD, passed away August 28, 2013, surrounded by family at home. He was the beloved husband of 40 years of Mary Anne Nester, the dear father of Anne Rachel Nester (Spencer Hamblen) and Claire Harriet Wills Nester (Justin Hall) and the grandfather of Gregory Hall and Thomas Hall. He is also survived by his sister, Virginia Janicki of Bellevue, WA, by his three sisters-in-law and four brothers-in-law, and by his two nieces and four nephews. A native of Detroit, Mr. Nester was the son of Virginia Wills Chauvin and Robert John Nester and the grandson of automotive pioneer C. Harold Wills. He graduated from Deerfield Academy and Yale University
, then served as an Air Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Navy
from 1962 to 1966. He settled in the Washington, DC area, working as a consultant and later as a real estate agent, and serving on numerous civic boards in Arlington. For decades, he advocated for the accessibility rights of persons with disabilities. An accomplished jazz pianist with wide-ranging interests in science, history, and the arts, he loved a lively conversation. His warmth and sense of humor were irresistible. Mr. Nester was interred at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit on August 31. Relatives and friends are invited to a memorial service on Saturday, October 5, at 2 p.m. at Murphy Funeral Home, 1102 West Broad Street, Falls Church, VA 22046. To send the family condolences please visit
Published in The Washington Post on Sept. 19, 2013