Thursday, July 24, 2008

Doctor Drake?

Ah, yes, the "Doctor" title. When I got the Ph.D. my mother-in-law,
who was from Dresden, told my wife that now she will be known as Frau
Doctor Professor Drake. My mother in law was old fashioned and took
such things VERY seriously.

Frankly, now that I am out of the academic setting I do not use the
"Doctor" title and look askance when someone uses that when
addressing me. Too often the title creates a social distance that is
uncalled for and mitigates against free and easy communication. I
quickly tell them that the name is "George." That is how I prefer to
be called.

Regards to all,


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