Wathel R. Bender is a name inscribed on one of the tombstones in the family plot outside Liberty Square's Haunted Mansion. The name is a tribute to Imagineer alumni Wathel Rogers, who worked as an audio-animatronics designer and engineer at WED Enterprises.
According to information given in the Ghost Post, Prof. Wathel R. Bender is of the many ghosts that haunt the mansion. A noted scientist, Prof. Wathel writes a column in the Grim Gazette detailing his metaphysical and supernatural research into the Great Unraveling and its effect on the disembodied. He is also a member of the Committee of Wandering Ghosts.