I joined the community just to be able to post this re: Tom Moldvay and to let everyone know about Tom's passing. My husband works as a programmer for a company in Akron, OH whose owner is the brother in law to Tom. My husband is currently in possession of Tom's pc and is putting together his remaining work to make a sort of tribute to him through Jeff Rient who runs Jeff's Game Blog. Though my husband and I arent much into RPG, we are artists ourselves and do not wish to see someone like Tom, who has contributed so much to his art form, pass without notice. If anyone would like to put together something for the memorial we are working on with Jeff, please email me at antigone at experimedia dot net. We are looking into finding out about rights of his final manuscripts, or at the very least, making a public website with his remaining works available to his fans. If you have anything youd like to contribute to the site, please email me. Below is Tom's obituary as it appeared in the Akron Beacon Journal:
Tom Moldvay, 58 passed peacefully into his next adventure on March 8th 2007 . Tom was a game designer and author most notable for his work on early materials for the fantasy role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons (D&D). As an employee of TSR, Inc., he authored or co-authored many landmark D&D adventure modules. During the early 80's when home computers were not prevalent, Tom was creating thought provoking games that stirred the imagination and were played by thousands of enthusiasts across the country. The Classic Rulebooks and Player's Handbooks written by Tom had been in print for several years and played so intensely that many gamers had them practically memorized. Odds were that if you'd played a published adventure, most likely you were a fan of Tom Moldvay. Most of those early modules achieved classic status, some of them being collected and reprinted again and again in the years that followed.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Tom graduated from Mayfield High School and went on to receive his Masters degree in Anthropology from Kent State University.
Preceded in death by parents Thomas and Selma Moldvay and sister Jody Brown
Tom is survived by his sister, Rebecca (David) Welner of Akron, nieces and nephews, Lauren Welner, Dave Welner, and Kurt Brown Jr.
Toms wishes were to be cremated without a formal service.