Elizabeth Mary Helen VeitchBMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e904 (Published 09 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e904
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Mary Veitch was loyal in frienship and caring and competent in practice.Her wide circle of friends from all walks of life and the affection and esteem of her patients attest to that.
Mary was bold in endeavour. Running--and coming fourth--in the Duchy of Cornwall marathon and successfully entering a deprived general practice in Hartlepool straight after completing her junior house jobs,neither with much proper training, reflect her response to challenge.
After her children,Mary's first love was music, be it playing Beethoven string quartets with senior Royal Navy surgeons captain as a 22 year old medical student on elective in Plymouth or busking in the streets as a 50 year old general practitioner on holiday in Malaga.Latterly,Mary wrote songs for and played in her own band which toured around Scotland. How many people over the years must have danced and thrilled to her wonderful ceilidh fiddle playing.
But most of all, Mary will be remembered for her good humour and her joie de vivre.With her throaty laugh,a cigarette in one hand and a glass in the other, her company was the most unforgettable fun.
Happily, many of Mary's qualities live on in her children, Nancy, Joe and Archie.
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