How to Address a Retired or Former US Ambassador?
Address any retired or former ambassador in writing – in the address block of a letter or envelope – in the standard style for U.S. officials addressed as ‘the Honorable‘:
—-Envelope or address block on letter or email:
—-—-The Honorable (Full Name)
—-—-Dear Ambassador (Surname):
The difference between ambassadors will arise when you introduce them, describe them, give their title, or identify them in writing (like in a program).
Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"
How to identify a former Ambassador: a political appointee who served as an Ambassador?
Those appointed to serve as a U.S. ambassador after a career in another field (typically they serve just only for administration, more or less) are introduced as:
—-—-Ambassador of the United States of America to (Name of Country) from Year to Year
Or (though I think it best to avoid the first option since it includes the word ‘former’):
—-—-Former Ambassador of the United States to (Name of Country)
—-—-Ambassador of the United States to (Name of Country) from year-year
Who can be identified as a ‘Career Ambassador, Retired’?
Certain retired diplomats are identified as a ‘Career Ambassador’. They have been accorded the ‘Personal Rank of Career Ambassador’ by the President. If you do a web search for ‘career-ambassador U.S. Department of State’ you find the list. There aren’t many. This small category of ambassadors is introduced or identified as:
—-—–Career Ambassador of the Foreign Service of the United States of America, Retired
Who can be identified as an ‘Ambassador, Retired’?
Career U.S. Foreign Service Officers who have served as a U.S. Ambassador at one or more U.S. embassies are introduced or identified as:
—-–—Ambassador of the United States of America, Retired
– Robert Hickey How to Address a Retired or Former US Ambassador