by KELLEY GUSICH | photos by Tabitha Jackson Photography

Scout’s Honor

volunteer_correll1Craig Correll is a native Californian who married wife Janet on the bluffs of Torrey Pines Reserve in 1985. A few days later they moved to Carlsbad, where they’ve lived and enjoyed the perks of their centrally located, beautiful beach community. Currently a solo-practice trademark attorney, Craig has also helped lobby to pass legislature addressing trademark anti-counterfeiting.

In 1964, Craig joined Boy Scout Troop 130. His fond memories prompted him to introduce his son Eric to Cub and Boy Scouts. When Eric entered Carlsbad Troop 748 in 2000, Craig trained to become an assistant scoutmaster. “Scouting, for all the social and political issues it’s endured in recent years,” he said, “is consistently one of the best training and character building institutions our country has to offer.” Eric was aged between the two Gunner brothers, Cory and Aron, and the families connected through Scouts. Aron’s tragic death not long after he graduated from SDSU shocked their extended Scout families. “There was just so much potential there for a young man who was doing so many things right,” Craig affirmed. “What a profound loss for us all.”


Name: Craig O. Correll
Community: Carlsbad
Profession: Trademark Attorney
Family: Janet, wife – pharmacist; Eric, son – mechanical engineer;
Victoria (Tori), daughter – senior at UCSB

Hobbies: Antique automobiles and auto restoration, history, natural science, Scouting, travel, turtles and tortoises
Favorite Local Spots: Torrey Pines, Hosp Grove, Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center, Tip Top Meats, cruising Coast Highway

Craig then assisted the Gunners in creating the Aron Gunner Memorial Scholarship Foundation, to which he now lends his assistance and expertise. And his antique 1914 Ford Model T touring car, which some lucky bidder gets to ride in during the yearly Carlsbad Spirit Benefit Concert. The grants go to deserving CHS seniors who’ve demonstrated service to their Carlsbad community. “There’s a big list of businesses and supporters that support the Foundation,” Craig shared, “and to top it all off, we’ve been able to grant an astonishingly large number of scholarships.” This year the Foundation’s Carlsbad Spirit Benefit Concert will take place on April 23 at the Stag & Lion Pub & Grille.


As far as other volunteer organizations, Craig felt privileged to serve as Science Olympiad coach for two years when his daughter was at Valley Middle School, and he’s been a board member for the Carlsbad-Woodbridge HOA since 1986. He longs for more participation in the governance of his community, but says, “I take some solace in the fact that I get paid twice as much as all the other board members (2 x $0). Please don’t tell anyone.” Currently in the process of cutting his legal process back, he’s excited to spend more time restoring antique automobiles and tending to ‘Rancho Tortuga’ – his and Janet’s tortoise pen, where they keep two tortoises named Dusty and Rocky, plus one three-legged Red Eared Slider turtle named Scarlet.

Group: Aron Gunner Memorial Scholarship Foundation
Mission: Providing academic scholarships for motivated, energetic, and forward-thinking Carlsbad High School students.