Robert "Bob" Henry Downs was a professor of vocal music at Brigham Young University for twenty-three years. He taught music classes and individual vocal lessons as well as directing the Women's Chorus. He was well known for singing the national anthem at BYU basketball games.
After high school, he pursued a degree in music education from the Conservatory of Music in Kansas City, Missouri, which is where he met his wife, Clarine Elizabeth Kiehl. They were married on March 9, 1951. Downs served for two years in the United States Army before returning to his education at the Conservatory of Music and eventually Indiana University and the Eastman School of Music. Downs taught music in a public school in Missouri before becoming a professor of music at universities in South Dakota and Virginia. He then became a BYU professor in 1966.
After retiring from BYU in 1989, Downs and his wife served as missionaries for the LDS Church to the South Africa Capetown mission.
Downs passed away February 14, 2015 at the age of 87.