Robert Ayer Stevenson (1918–2000), an American Career Foreign Service Officer was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Malawi from 1974 until 1978.
Stevenson was an 1938 graduate of the University of North Carolina with a B.S. in Commerce degree and a major in foreign trade. He moved to the Buffalo, New York area to work first for Remington Rand and then the National Gypsum Company. He left to sign up in the US Navy during World War II. He was commissioned as an ensign in the Navy Supply Corps. During his tenure with Foreign Service, he returned to school, attending Harvard for a year and receiving a Master's in Public Administration in what was then called the Littauer School.