The school psychiatrist at Gravesend Academy, Dr. Dolder is an elderly Swiss man. He attributes John’s difficulties in school to his childhood trauma rather than his learning disabilities. After hearing about Owen’s insulting proposition to Mitzy Lish and his earlier role in the accidental death of Tabitha, Dr. Dolder concludes that Owen is obsessed with older women. Whenever he has too much to drink, he leaves his car blocking Owen’s parking spot at school, prompting Owen to pull a grand prank one morning, having the strong basketball players lift the car and deposit it on the stage of the auditorium.
Dr. Dolder Character Timeline in A Prayer for Owen Meany
The timeline below shows where the character Dr. Dolder appears in A Prayer for Owen Meany. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6: The Voice
Chapter 7: The Dream