The McKechnie Family LIFE Home team works to support innovation in research and development and to train the next generation of research professionals.  Gifts can be structured in a variety of ways and allow for continued programming and support for our students, staff, and researchers.  Your gift can have a lasting impact and support our mission.

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Karen and Jim McKechnie

McKechnie Family

Karen and Jim McKechnie have a long and strong association with the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Mrs. McKechnie graduated with a degree in Physical Education from the College of Applied Health Sciences in 1970.  That same year, Dr. McKechnie completed his B.S. in Chemistry in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, after which he became an orthopedic surgeon, with practices in Mattoon and Urbana-Champaign. Their three daughters all graduated from Illinois. The McKechnies are members of the President’s Council and the Chancellor’s Circle and enthusiastic supporters of academic programs. They see the LIFE Home as a place for interdisciplinary teams to conduct research and development to refine and develop things that people can use to make their daily lives more comfortable.

Arthur D. Fisk (Dan)

Arthur D. Fisk

Arthur D. Fisk (Dan) has a long-standing commitment to harnessing science that advances design to enhance quality of life. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign in 1982. He named the Arthur D. Fisk Interview Room in honor of four generations of Arthur D Fisk family members: his father Art; himself; his son Danny; and his grandson Daniel.

Dan also has established the Rogers Family LIFE Home Research Fund to support the research activities of the McKechnie Family LIFE Home. Dan established the fund to honor the family of his wife, Dr. Wendy Rogers. He said, “They became my family when Wendy and I married. Carol and Jerry Rogers were very education-oriented and encouraged their six children to pursue their dreams and to work hard.”