I have not yet received confirmation of Tom's passing, although his phone has been disconnected and he didn't reply to my last letter.
Tom always had respiratory problems. We started at TSR on the exact same day, and he complained about the climate right from the start. When we last chatted he mentioned that the problems had been escalating (he had suffered a heart attack about a year ago, for example).
I'll let you know when I receive confirmation. But like you, I find nothing in the Akron Beacon-Journal archives, nor any other news blurb.
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