Coronavirus Updates

The Fama-Miller family mourns the tragic loss of our dear friend and colleague Yiran Fan. On January 9th Yiran’s life was tragically taken in an act of senseless violence.

Yiran first joined the center in 2015 as a research professional before getting accepted to the Joint PhD program in financial economics at Booth. He was a superstar in our research professional program. Brilliant, kind and always willing to help his fellow colleagues. A dynamic person, academically smart with love and passion for the arts. In his spare time he would act and direct plays. He had a unique and infectious laugh that brought so much joy to all around him.

This year we were fortunate to have him return to the center as the Fama-Miller Professional Development Fellow where he was mentoring the current research professionals and facilitating their weekly seminar series.

Yiran has touched so many lives and left imprints on our hearts. During this difficult time, we remember Yiran and all of his contributions to the center. He is truly missed and will be forever remembered.

To read Chicago Booth's memoriam page for Yiran.


Candlelight Vigil

Teachers, colleagues, family and friends came together to honor Yiran Fan at a candlelight memorial vigil.  Learn more and watch the memorial vigil video.



In partnership with the Fan family, The university is establishing a fund in memory of Yiran to support students in the joint program of Chicago Booth and the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics. To contribute, you may call 773-702-7747 or donate online via this link (please select the option “Yiran Fan Memorial Fund for the Joint Program in Financial Economics”). The university will send a letter to the family to acknowledge your gift.

While the University is committed to assisting the family of Yiran Fan at this difficult time, we understand the desire of the community to support the bereaved family directly by gifts. Here are the community giving links.

China residents (RMB donation) 

US residents (USD donation)