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We are figuring out how to request or names be listed on a donor’s list. We see in your book that the most formal way to write our names is Ambassador Kenneth Cole Britt and Mrs. Britt. BUT I want both our names listed and for my wife not to be listed as Mrs. Britt. We are thinking of — Ambassador Kenneth Cole and Mary Leighton Britt. I’ve seen that form used at many museums. Technically I am “The Honorable” but you don’t see that in donor lists usually.
— Ken

Dear Ambassador Britt,
I have seen that form at carved on walls of museums too, but I always assume they were lacking space for a complete name or were ran short of money for the engraving and had to skimp on the number of letters.
Regarding the form I give in my book: it is the most formal form for others to use to address you.  In what you write about today, it’s you writing your own name — not a form of address.
I like what you suggest except I would include your full name … then your wife’s full name.
So I suggest:
Ambassador Kenneth Cole Britt and Mary Leighton Britt


Which would be for other ranks:
Captain Kenneth Cole Britt and Mary Leighton Britt
Judge
Kenneth Cole Britt and Mary Leighton Britt
Pastor
Kenneth Cole Britt and Mary Leighton Britt


And for couples that don’t have a rank or special honorific … leave off the Mr. and Mrs.:
Kenneth Cole Britt and Mary Leighton Britt

– Robert Hickey www.formsofaddress.info

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