Louise Marson, who practised under her maiden name of Tebboth, was an inspirational GP working in in a socially deprived area of Bermondsey. She cared passionately about people and making their lives better, instinctively supporting the underdog and seeing beauty and goodness where others saw none. She was much loved by her colleagues for her intelligence, commitment, energy, enthusiasm, willingness to help others and sense of fun. She was also hugely popular with her patients, giving unreservedly to provide them with the best possible care, often at the expense of her own wellbeing. The phrases her patients used time and again were ‘she always listens’ and ‘the best doctor I ever had’.
Louise was also a talented painter with a particular love of watercolours. She enjoyed cycling and running – she had completed the Coast to Coast cycle ride twice and the London Marathon – as well as birdwatching, gardening and choral singing. Louise was a much adored Aunt by her six nephews and nieces and almost equally loved by her numerous god children. She was increasingly politically active in an effort to maintain the values and services of the National Health Service to which she was so committed. Louise’s energy, enthusiasm and zest for life left many people trailing in her wake.
Yet on Friday 23rd January 2015 Louise’s husband Gary came home from work to discover that she had taken her own life at the tragically young age of just 40. Unseen other than by those closest to her, Louise had also fought a long battle with extraordinary strength, determination and tenacity against intermittent but insidious depression arising from what had been diagnosed as bi polar disorder (Louise sometimes characterised her condition differently but whatever the description the impact and outcome was the same).
The Louise Tebboth Foundation was established by Gary to honour the memory of his beautiful and much loved wife. Louise was a doctor to the core, utterly dedicated to her profession and patients, and through the LTF she will be able, indirectly, to continue to do what was most important to her – reaching out to help people.