Randy White succeeds Archibald Thorndike as the headmaster of Gravesend Academy. He was previously the headmaster of a small private school in Lake Forest, Illinois, a wealthy community that has historically excluded people of color or Jews from moving in. Before working in education, he was a businessman in the Chicago meat industry. An authoritarian headmaster and a Republican, White frequently butts heads with Owen Meany. He is more concerned with fundraising and financial liability than the wellbeing of his students. When Owen pranks the school by moving Dr. Dolder’s car onto the stage of the auditorium, White refuses to ask for professional help to remove the car and becomes trapped while trying to get it out. He ignores the students’ rights by going through their wallets when Larry Lish is caught with one of Owen’s fake draft cards, and tries to get Owen’s college acceptances rescinded. He is dismissed from the school after Owen’s class graduates.
Randolph “Randy” White Character Timeline in A Prayer for Owen Meany
The timeline below shows where the character Randolph “Randy” White appears in A Prayer for Owen Meany. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6: The Voice
...for Christmas in 1960—he called her his “BENEFACTOR.” That fall, Owen had been busy protesting Randy White’s first decisions as headmaster—to build himself a new house on campus, to move the... (full context)
Chapter 7: The Dream
...onstage. Once Owen confirms that their conversation is confidential, he confesses. Merrill promises to steer White away from suspecting him. Dan tells Owen he doesn’t want to know anything about what... (full context)
...he is struck with horror at the sight of the decapitated and amputated statue. When White arrives, he is perfectly oblivious to the unusual crowd or the figure onstage, mistaking it... (full context)
Chapter 9: The Shot
...his daughter Caroline, John’s former girlfriend, are there, with Maureen Early. Mr. Morrison is there. Randy White’s replacement as headmaster is there. The Brinker-Smiths returned to England in opposition to the... (full context)