About Professor James J. St. Germain
Professor James J. St. Germain taught at Merrimack College from 1951 to 1981 in the History, Political Science and Social Science departments. He served as Chair of History and later, after its establishment as an independent department, the first Chair of Political Science in 1965.
A native of Connecticut, he made Massachusetts his home when he moved here to teach at Merrimack. A graduate of Providence College, he received his Master’s degree from the University of Connecticut. Upon his retirement from Merrimack in 1981, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Social Science by the college.
Professor St. Germain not only taught American politics and government, he was an active and founding member of the town of Andover’s Democratic Town Committee. He encouraged all his students to be actively involved, informed and aware citizens and helped many students go on to graduate or law school and to careers in government and public service. He and his wife, Frances, opened their home to students and hosted many events there including evenings spent watching reruns of Presidential elections.
As a world traveler he urged students to see, work and study in other countries. He was an enthusiastic and early advocate of programs like the Peace Corps which provided an opportunity for community service and experience of other societies and cultures.
During the annual St. Germain lecture series the Political Science department honors and remembers Professor St. Germain with great fondness and appreciation for his many contributions to Merrimack College and its students.