Tom Cockcroft

(July 28, 1926-April 12, 2013)

Thomas George Cockcroft, who published the first Clark Ashton Smith bibliography in 1951 and an index to the Weird Fiction Magazines (including Weird Tales) in 1962 (as T. G. L. Cockcroft) and corresponded with fans all over the world as Tom Cockcroft, passed away April 12, after several years in a rest home. The last thing he sent me [Ned Brooks] was a copy of the original Arkham House book The Outsider and Others. There was no note with it, and it may be all that survived the loss of his large collection – it must have been his “working copy”, as the dust jacket is worn and the flaps glued down, and there are comment slips (one of them an old IBM card) between the pages. He was born July 26, 1926 and lived in Lower Hutt, a suburb of Wellington, New Zealand, and had a career with IBM in process control with punched-card decks.

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