Craig Watson, who has medicine in his roots (his father and grandfather were doctors), practiced Family Medicine for 26 years in Golden, Colorado. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Colorado Boulder, received a medical degree from the University of Minnesota, and trained in Family Practice and Psychiatry in Denver and Albany, NY. He served as the President of the Colorado Preferred Physician Organization for three years. He also taught meditation to interested patients. He volunteered to serve in the Public Health Service doctoring under-served people in upstate rural NY for two years and was a Big Brother for three years. He now volunteers with the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona.
While on the 12th hole of Ventana Canyon, Partner John Smith introduced Craig to SVP. Craig wanted the opportunity to have fun and be charitable with like-minded people while working to support life skills development in Tucson. When asked to share a significant life skill lesson he received, Craig remembered his father always teaching him to be a good listener by being a living example. It was the best piece of advice he ever received. He has been working on The Conversation Project, which helps families talk about tough issues such as end of life wishes and relationships.
Craig “fell in love” with Tucson after he and wife Deb visited her brother, Rabbi Tom Louchheim of Or Chadash for his birthday one year. In addition to schooling others on Single Malt Scotch 101, you may find Craig golfing, biking, or taking photographs around town (unless it’s summer, when they will escape to Boulder, CO to play with their twin grand-babies and chocolate lab, Zane). He also loves to escape to the peaceful San Juan Islands to crab and read.