Dr. Jermain was born October 10, 1867 in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. After attending Oshkosh Normal School, he taught for several years until he had enough money to apply for a medical education. He graduated from Northwestern University Medical School in 1894 and married that same year. Dr. Jermain opened a private practice of Internal Medicine in Milwaukee (the first in Wisconsin) and joined the faculty of the Wisconsin College of Physicians and Surgeons and the faculty of the Milwaukee Medical College. When the two Colleges merged he was appointed Dean of the Marquette University School of Medicine and held that post from 1913 to 1926. During his time as Dean, the fledgling school underwent massive changes: The Flexner Repot influences the Carnegie Endowment School reorganization in 1918, large faculty changes WWI 1917-19 and served as President of the Wisconsin State Medical Society. He served as the Director of the Department of Medicine for two years after resigning as Dean. He continued to serve on the Board of Trustees until his death in 1935. He was knighted by Pope Pius XI on August 4, 1925 as a Knight of St. Gregory. Source: "Engbring, Norman H. An Anchor for the Future: a history of the Medical College of Wisconsin, 1893-1990. Medical College of Wisconsin, 1991. pps. 27-8, 33-7, 39, 52-3, 91"