Bachelor, Goshen College, 1949. Master of Arts, Indiana University, 1950. Doctor of Philosophy, Indiana University, 1963.
He joined the Department of Linguistics in 1965, serving as its chair (1969–1995) and as editor of its journal Oceanic Linguistics (1991–2007). Born in Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania, Bender received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Goshen College in Indiana in 1949, and an Master of Arts in linguistics from Indiana University in 1950. After spending 1953–1959 teaching in the Marshall Islands in what was then the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands under United States. administration, he returned to teach linguistics and anthropology at Goshen College in 1960–1962 before completing a Doctor of Philosophy in linguistics from Indiana University in 1963.
His dissertation analyzed Marshallese place names.
In 1962–1964, he served as English Program Supervisor for the Trust Territory, then taught English at the University of Hawaiʻi before joining the Department of Linguistics.
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(Book by Bender, Byron W.)
Trustee Hawaii Public Employees Health Fund Board, 1987-1995. Member University Hawaii Board Regents, 2003-2008. Member National Education Association (standing committee higher education 1985-1989), Linguistic Society of America (director Linguistic Institute summer 1977, program committee 1987-1989, parliamentarian 1994-1997).
Married Lois Marie Graber, August 25, 1950. Children: Susan Alice, Sarah Marie, Catherine Anne, Judith Lee, John Richard.