—-#1) Emeritus implies a continuing relationship with an organization. At universities while a Professor Emeritus might not have same teaching schedule, he or she would keep an ID card, faculty discount at the bookstore, continue to be seated and be recognized at graduations, be listed as a member of the faculty in the catalog, still use the faculty dining room, have access to the university clinic, library & athletic facilities, even have an office and serve on committees. In a religious community, if someone is the pastor emeritus of a congregation, it is the congregation which grants the title.
—-#2) Retired & emeritus are not the same. Former & emeritus are not the same. An organization or institution specifically grants the title. It is not automatically granted to everyone who retires.
—-#3) See also How to use honorary degrees / honorary doctorate for more on honorary titles.
– Robert Hickey How to Use Emeritus or Emerita
How to Use Emeritus or Emerita
Can I List Deceased Officials as Emeritus?
I am the president of a board. One of our Advisory Board members passed away, but I would like to keep his name on our organizational roster. How shall I title him? Board Member Emeritus?
I want to want to create a an ’emeritus list’ of our retired executives. Who gets included on such a list? Are they still emeritus when they pass away?
Dear SD and RK,
Emeritus means they no longer work with you (e.g. they are retired) but continue to have a relationship with the organization.