Drexel University mourns the loss of alumnus Christopher Mosko, 28, a U.S. Navy lieutenant who was killed in Afghanistan on Thursday, April 26. Mosko graduated in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in commerce and engineering from Drexel’s LeBow College of Business. Mosko is a beloved husband, son and friend, and is being remembered fondly by his loved ones for his compassion, loyalty and winning smile.
When Mosko started as a freshman at Drexel in 2002, he enrolled in the Navy ROTC program at the University of Pennsylvania with his roommate, Chase Derbin. It was there that Mosko met good friend Andrew Petry
Memories are swirling this week as Petry and Derbin remember their dear friend.
“When we were at school, we would work out together, study together at the library, go drinking together; by our senior year, he and I were inseparable,” Petry says.
In their group of friends, Petry and Derbin agree that Mosko was the natural leader.
“Chris was kind of like the glue for everyone’s friendships,” Derbin says. “He was always the decision maker for everyone. He was like the dad in the family. Everyone just sort of gravitated toward that.”
Since graduating from college, Petry says, “we would sometimes go a few years without seeing each other but he would make the effort to call every couple of months. I don’t have many friends who are like that.”
“Because our lives took us in such opposite directions constantly,” Derbin adds, “we never really had an issue not talking. And when we did talk, it was like we picked up where we left off.”
Petry says that his friend grew up “all over;” the Mosko family lived in New York, Wisconsin, New Jersey and in Philadelphia. “He would talk about each of those places as if it were home,” Petry recalls.
As a friend, Petry says, Mosko was in a class of his own. “No matter what, you could always count on him. If you needed something, he would drop what he was doing and help you out.”
“He was just a great guy,” Derbin says. “He was so easy to talk to, and he always gave great advice.”
As a student, Mosko is described by Petry and Mosko’s then-academic advisor, Tony Grangel, as hard working and dedicated.
“Chris was the first business and engineering student to take on the challenge of participating in the Engineering Senior Design Project, for which he earned an A,” says Grangel, who is assistant director of academic advising for the LeBow College. “He performed well academically in this challenging field, exhibiting strengths which I am sure exemplified his service in the military.”
Mosko was serving in the Nawa District in Afghanistan's Ghazni province as platoon leader of an “explosive ordinance disposal” unit. The unit is comprised of a team of specialists who defuse bombs, mines and other explosives. Mosko and two others were killed when their vehicle was struck by an IED.
“We are deeply saddened to hear about the loss of one of our own,” says Drexel President John A. Fry. “Christopher’s service to our country was exemplary, and he was a source of great pride to Drexel. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this most difficult time.”
Mosko will be remembered at a special event hosted by Drexel’s Office of Student-Veteran Services at noon on Thursday, May 17 at the Armory on the University City Campus, in preparation for Memorial Day. The entire Drexel community and friends and members of the Mosko family are welcomed and encouraged to attend. For more information about the event, click here.