Nelson Vance was the father of Whitney Vance. Nelson was an early aviation partner of Howard Hughes , as well as an astute businessman. He later split off from Hughes and started his own company, Advance Engineering. Nelson Vance was also a racist and believer in eugenics . When Whitney impregnated a young Mexican girl, Nelson wanted the girl to have an abortion. She refused. He then forbid Whitney to see the girl and pressured his son to transfer from USC to Caltech in order to keep them separated.