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I am framing a photo for my husband Robert who was at the time the photo was taken a recently retired medical doctor (Captain) from the U. S. Navy.  If I include a label below the photo, should it say, name-rank-M.D., or rank-name-M.D or only rank-name?
I would sincerely appreciate any wisdom you could lend to my dilemma.
— Janice Larsen

Dear Ms. Larsen,
As a medical officer the US Navy the official form of his name would be:
Captain Robert Larsen, Medical Corps, USN, Ret.

– Robert Hickey www.formsofaddress.info

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I received an invitation to the wedding of a 1st cousin’s child addressed to us as The Wright Family.My daughter, now 20 and in college in Florida, was not listed by name, but is, I believe, invited.  I think a proper invitation should have been mailed to her in FL as she is an adult and not living at home.  I am trying to remember the rule about all grown children over 16 should receive their own invitation at their proper address (not Mommy and Daddy’s if they don’t live there). I want to explain the rules to my cousins!
— Val Wright, Severna Park, MD

Dear Val,
Everyone who is invited should be listed on the envelope, simply for clarity. And family members living away are sent their own invitations.
To me it’s defendable if they believe Laura is still in “a minor the nest” and your address is still her best address to mail it to her c/o you … either her own invitation or listed by name on the invitation with you.  Whether the cut is 16 or 17 or 18 years of age …. sending an invitation to a young adult is considerate and appreciated.
As for taking it upon yourself to inform your cousins of the correct rules: be carefulDorothea Johnson, founder of The Protocol School of Washington® always followed the rule that she did not provide guidance on etiquette … unless the person paid her to do so.
– Robert Hickey www.formsofaddress.info

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