He earned a bachelor’s degree in tuba performance and a master’s degree in music education in 1965 from the Manhattan School of Music. He taught music in Hicksville public schools in Long Island New York for 33 years.
Mr. Pownall was an officer for the Hicksville Congress of Teachers from 1980 to 1994. He also served as associate professor of music at Hofstra University and an adjunct tuba instructor at Nassau Community College from 1970 to 1995.
In his retirement years in Virginia, he was president of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Audubon Society and was a volunteer with the Shenandoah Agency on Aging and Tax Aid. He also played in the American Legion Community Band in Front Royal. He was a member of Hopewell Friends Meeting.
He is survived by his wife Phyllis, sisters Rosann Davies and Carol Ferri, brother Henry Pownall, daughter Debbie Nunez, son Harry Pownall, and four grandchildren.
The family told Allegro that memorial contributions may be made to the Bob Pownall Memorial Fund, c/o Philip Yount, Shenandoah Audubon, Lewin-Yount Door Co., 3167 Valley Pike, Winchester 22602, or to the Bob Pownall Memorial, Hopewell Friends Meeting, Hopewell Road, Clearbrook, VA 22624.