Tom was one of the first to have an implant at Manchester and was the first editor of ReSound (he also chose the apt name for the magazine). He set the tone for the personal stories and friendship and support for fellow cochlear implant users that are the features of ReSound.
Tom was the Assistant Chief Librarian at Bolton until he retired to live in Southport. He had an attractive and deprecating humorous style of writing which made ReSound a good read.
When he was unable to continue as editor in 1996 he handed over to Norah Clewes and gave her every encouragement and support.
He continued with his membership and support of Cicada even though illness meant he was unable to come to any events.