Tom's girlfriend in Seattle, Alice Eleanor Lambert, later wrote romance novels. Women Are Like That, published in 1934, includes a description of a poignant heartbreak for the beautiful young protagonist.
“For one disturbing year, she had been desperately in love with a tall, dark boy named Tom, a commercial artist, who in the summer used to take her on street-car rides to Alki Point and in the winter time to the musty dimness of the Public Library where he would pour over prints and reproductions of the Masters. When finally, darkly morose and determined to succeed, Tom had gone East, the girl unversed as she was in the art of pursuit and capture, had let him go, powerless to hold him or call him back.
Not once after he had left had she been able to pass Pioneer Square with its ancient gaudy Totem Pole, where they had been wont to meet, without tearing pain in her heart. When later she learned that Tom had been drowned while on a sketching trip in Canada, she sealed up a section of her heart, never again to open it.”
- Woman Are Like That, page 20