Wathel R. Bender is a name inscribed on one of the original eight tombstones in the family plot outside the New Orleans Square Haunted Mansion and also apears in the plot outside of 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.