How to Address a Retired Military Officer Who is Now A Dean?
How do I address an envelope to a retired US Navy captain, who now is the dean of a college?
A retired officer is entitled to be addressed by rank socially. BUT in a new professional role retired officers typically choose to be addressed in a way pertinent to their new role: as ‘Dr. (Name)’,
—-An academic dean is addressed as:
—-—-(Full Name), (Post-nominal abbreviation for his degree(s))
—-—-Dean of (name of school, college, etc.)
—-—-(Name of College/University)
—-The salutation would be:
—-—-Dear Dr. (Surname):
—-—-Dear Dean (Surname):
In an academic setting he is always ‘Dr. (Surname)’ but you could certainly address him as ‘Dean (Surname)’ if you are interacting with him as ‘the Dean’. Address as ‘Dean (name)’ in conversations with regard to his actions as a dean.
So back to my first comment … about retired officers being entitled to be addressed by rank. If for some reason he wants to be addressed as ‘Captain (Name)’ … a rank is never used with ‘Dr.’ or an academic post-nominal abbreviation. So he can be ‘Captain (Name)’ it is never ‘Captain Dr. (Name)’ or ‘Captain (Name), Ph.D.’.
– Robert Hickey