Military + Doctorate
Military + Professor or Dean
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How to Address Military Personnel (Active Duty or Retired) With a Ph.D.?
How does one, in written form, address an officer or retired officer who has his Ph.D.? He goes by ‘Dr. Taylor’ now that he works in a corporate environment, but our management also wants to highlight his service as well as his degree. Which should we use on our website?
—–—–BGen Henry Taylor, Ph.D., USAF (Ret)?
—–—–BGen Henry Taylor, USAF (Ret), Ph.D.?
————-– Bill Inge
Would you by any chance know the proper form of address for a retired officer who is now a university professor with a Ph.D.? I read the note on your website regarding context (Captain when he’s my commanding officer, Doctor when he’s bandaging my foot, or something to that effect), but I wonder what would be suitable with an academic doctor, and in a more formal usage. I’ve encountered Captain Doctor [name] once or twice on the Internet, but it seems a bit of a mouthful.
————-– P. L. Scott
How would I address an envelope to a retired officer who now is college dean?————-
Dear BI, PLS and OS,
—-#1) In the US Style we address a person with the form of address pertinent to the situation — just one title/form of elevated address at a time.
—-Anything more resides on the resume/CV.
—-This U.S. Style is a ‘simplified style’ … and is related to our cultural bias toward egalitarian, less structured status among citizens.
—-—-No: BGen Henry Taylor, Ph.D., USAF, Retired
—-—-No: Captain Robert Thompson, USN, Ph.D.
—-—-Yes: BGen Henry Taylor, USAF, Retired
—-—-Yes: Henry Taylor, Ph.D.
—-—-Yes: Captain Robert Thompson, USN
—-—-Yes: Robert Thompson, Ph.D.
#2) If one is a dean, address as a dean when the communication is pertinent to that office. (See the form by following the links in the list at right.) Other times you might address as a retired military officer – e.g., to invite him to a Veterans Day Ceremony.
—-But – in the University catalog he’d be listed as an academic:
—-—-(Full Name), (Post-nominal Abbreviations for Degrees Held)
NOTE: I say it is a U.S. Style, because in the U.K. and in countries which hold the British traditions, one’s name is like one’s resume. It is a more structured-status society where clearly positioning yourself and your lineage in the hierarchy is a normal part of the culture.–This U.K. Style is a ‘compound style’ and names get very long. Names including every title, rank, courtesy title and post-nominal to which one might ever have been entitled.
—-You see very long names like: Brigadier General the Right Honourable Professor Sir Alexander Smithson Montgomery, VC, GCMG, CB, DSO, PC.
– Robert Hickey How to Address a Person with Two Titles
U.K. Style: More Than One Honorific
Here are two photos I took at a hospital in Germany. The Germans, like the British, use mulitiple titles/ranks/honorifics before a name. Note the use of the double honorifics: professor and doctor. This is an example what’s discussed in the NOTE above. In the U.S. we never more-than-one title/rank/honorific at a time.
How to Address a Person with Two Titles