Tom Moldvay was instrumental in the early development of the game, authoring or co-authoring such modules such as "Isle of Dread" (the module included in the 1980s expert set of Dungeons and Dragons), Castle Amber, and the original Fiend Folio.
"With Tom, it was always about the game -- any idea that advanced the game was worth considering. For example, in preparation for a Boot Hill tournament at GenCon, he once hand-copied a prospector's map onto a torn piece of brown paper bag, folded it down, and carried it around in his boot for two weeks, all to give it an authentic 'air' when he dumped it onto the table for the players."
Tom was a native of northeast Ohio. The cause of his death is unknown. Thanks for all of your work, Tom. It is appreciated.