Mr. McEwen served as president of MHEDA in 1966 and the National Association of Wholesalers (NAW) in 1976. He was very committed to the concerns of the business community and was a member of both the Philadelphia World Affairs Council and the Pennsylvania State Chamber of Commerce, where he testified before Congress on product liability reform. He was an avid world traveler, visiting more than 140 countries, and won numerous national awards for his collection
David Griffith, president/CEO of Modern Group, says, "The family deeply appreciates the support of the last few years with Joe and wishes you to know how proud Joe was of Modern, her employees, and how he valued his friends in the industry that he served his entire life. One of the great ones has moved on."
Contributions in Joe McEwen's name can be made to the McEwen Scholarship Fund, a fund set up by Mr. McEwen for the children of Modern Group employees to pursue higher education. Donations can be sent to McEwen Scholarship Fund c/o Dave Griffith, Modern Group Ltd., 2501 Durham Road, Bristol, PA 19007.