Robert (Bob) Adams was born in 1924 at Alsask, Saskatchewan and completed high school there. He enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan in 1942. During the Second World War, he served with the Royal Canadian Infantry. After the war, he completed his BA in 1946 and a BEd in 1949. He married Marge Pascoe in 1952.
Adams was a consummate track athlete and coach. He was a charter members of the Saskatchewan High School Athletic Association, was the first coordinator of physical education and high school athletics for the Saskatoon Public Board of Education and for years was a coach and executive member with the Saskatoon Track and Field Club. He was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1975 and into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1986. Adams retired to Victoria, British Columbia. He officiated at track meets in BC until 2018 when he was 93.
Adams received numerous honours, including entry into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame and the Athletics Canada Hall of Fame. He died in 2019 in Victoria at age 94.