Long-Time Economics Prof. Robert McEwen, SJ, Dies

Visiting hours will be held today between 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at St. Mary's Hall, and a funeral Mass celebrated in St. Ignatius Church tomorrow at 8:30 a.m., for Prof. Emeritus Robert J. McEwen, SJ (Economics). Fr. McEwen, 79, died of a heart attack May 16 while visiting relatives in Ireland.

Fr. McEwen joined the University in 1942 as an instructor in economics and marketing and spent his entire academic career at Boston College, except for a brief stint as a visiting professor at Loyola University of Los Angeles in 1962. He was a long-time chairman of the Economics Department and was known for his work in areas such as the social responsibilities of business, consumer problems, fair trade laws and codes of business ethics.

Fr. McEwen also played an integral role in many consumer interest organizations, including the Massachusetts Consumer Association, the Consumer Federation of America, Inc. and the Conference of Consumer Organizations, which he helped found. In addition, he served on the President's Committee on Consumer Interests during the Johnson Administration, and on consumer advisory panels for Ford Motor Co. and AT&T.

A 1940 graduate of Boston College, Fr. McEwen held a master's degree in economics from Fordham University, a licentiate in sacred theology from Weston College and a doctoral degree in economics from Boston College. He is survived by his brother, John, of Malibu, Calif.

Fr. McEwen will be buried at the Campion Center Jesuit Cemetery in Weston.


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