Louis Marchesi

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Erminio William Louis Marchesi (19 January 1898 to 10 December 1968) founded the Round Table, an international fellowship and community charitable organisation for young businessmen.

His mother was born in England to Irish parents and his father was Swiss. Marchesi was a young member of the Rotary Club in Norwich when he conceived of a club which could support younger businessmen; an idea he suggested to the membership in 1926.[1] The first Round Table - "Norwich Round Table No. 1" was formed at Suckling House, Norwich on 14 March 1927, with Marchesi as Secretary and other Rotarians among its officers.[2] He served in the forces in both the First and Second World Wars. He was married with one son Peter.

The following phrases are attributed to him:

  1. "There are things we must do"
  2. "There are things we can do"
  3. "And there are things we should do"[3]

Marchesi died at his residence in Norwich on 10 December 1968.[4] A memorial service was held in Westminster Cathedral the following year.[5]

A pub in the city's Tombland area - the Waggon and Horses - was named the Louis Marchesi in 1976, it closed in 2005.[6]


  1. ^ The Times, Friday, 20 December 1968; pg. 11; Issue 57439; col F
  2. ^ Manley, Peter (1 January 2006). "Who was Louis Marchesi". Round Table. Retrieved 11 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Welcome to our 2010/11 Website". Round Table Gibraltar. Retrieved 11 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Deaths Elsewhere / Louis Marchesi". Toledo Blade. 11 December 1968. p. 81. Retrieved 11 December 2010. 
  5. ^ The Times, Saturday, 15 Feb 1969; pg. 10; Issue 57486; col A
  6. ^ http://www.norfolkpubs.co.uk/norwich/lnorwich/nclom.htm