Dr. Hugh S. Collett ’43 was the 2015 commencement speaker and received an honorary bachelor’s degree from Great Basin College in Elko, Nevada. Hugh is a founder of Elko Community College, now GBC, and has been on the GBC advisory board since 1967. He has served and supported the Elko community and higher education in rural Nevada, including teaching classes for LPN’s and EMT’s. Hugh has been devoted to education, serving on the Elko County School Board for 12 years, and he is Emeritus Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Hugh graduated from Crawfordsville High School and then Wabash College in 1943. He earned his M.D. from Northwestern University School of Medicine and completed surgical training at the University of Chicago. He owned a surgical practice in Elko for 30 years until he retired in 1984.