Very sad news indeed. I always enjoyed talking with Tom.
My most fond memory was answering the phone one day and it was Tom. It seems that AO-7 had come back to life and he was wondering if I'd be interested in trying to command it after all these years. Of course I said yes.
Not long after, a box arrived with one of the few working hardware based command encoders that I'm aware of.
As you all know, I was successful in commanding AO-7 and still have the encoder in the rack to my left here in the shack.
Tom was also extremely supportive as I made numerous contacts on AO-40 using the K Band (24 GHz) down link.
RIP Tom. You will be missed.