Nick Mukhar, USF graduate, Foghorn editor, friend, has died at 37

From left to right, Former Foghorn News Editor Chelsea Sterling, Author Erika Heyer-Watts, Foghorn Advisor Professor Teresa Moore, and late Nick Mukhar on graduation day in 2009. Photo courtesy of Erika Heyer-Watts.

Nick Mukhar, 37, a University of San Francisco graduate class of ‘09 and former Opinion Editor of the San Francisco Foghorn, died on Friday, Mar. 1. 

A natural-born storyteller, Nick gave the Foghorn a unique perspective from sports, to leading the staff editorial, to even giving first-hand accounts of different energy drinks letting students know which one was best to fuel an all-nighter to get ready for midterms. Up until his death, Nick still found time to write by contributing to NBS Media as a freelance sports writer. 

Losing Nick feels like a chapter that has been torn out of the book of my life. A chapter that was filled with laughter, friendship, Giants baseball games and of course countless hours in the Foghorn office. We grew up together and back then we never thought we’d lose him so soon. 

I remember the first time Nick and I met. He was new to USF as a transfer student. I received an email from him volunteering to take one of my assignments to write a 300-500 word article on the women’s soccer game happening that weekend. “I need it by Monday,” I said. “No problem,” he said. 

Monday came and went and I did not have the article. Tuesday, still nothing. “Who is this Nick kid?” I remember saying generally in the direction of other Foghorn staffers. I would soon find out at our staff meeting that week. After we wrapped up the meeting, Nick walked up to me and introduced himself. He apologized for missing my deadline, but asked if I would look at what he started. We finished the article together and Nick became an official part of the Foghorn family and one of my best friends. 

His dedication was seen by everyone on staff as he volunteered to help editors with longer pieces and he would even pose for pictures if they were needed for articles that didn’t have art. Chelsea Sterling, the Foghorn news editor from 2007-9, remembers taking a photo of Nick peering over a bathroom stall as a visual to go with her article about someone peeping on campus. Soon Nick worked his way up and was named the new opinion editor of the Foghorn.

That was back in 2007. In between then and now we have been to many Giants games, 49ers games and study sessions. Back then you could find us playing pool somewhere on Divisadero Street, talking about our experiences with new loves and breakups, our plans for the future, and graduating together in St. Ignatius Church.

In recent years, life took us in different directions. Careers, families, distance, and a global pandemic meant that we couldn’t spend as much time together as we once did. But a simple text or setting aside time for a phone call was enough to help us bridge the 3,000-mile gap between his home in California and mine in Connecticut. 

Nick’s sudden passing has taken a toll on everyone who knew him. His smile and laugh were infectious, making it easy to be his friend but also making it that much harder to know that he’s gone. In this sense of loss, I choose to look back on the happy memories we shared and I am reminded to cherish the bonds we form with those we care about. 

In Nick, I found a true friend during a time when we were all just trying to find out who we are. 

Nick’s Celebration of Life will be held at Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Avenue Menlo Park, CA 94025 on Saturday Apr. 27 from 12p.m. – 4p.m.

Hyperlinked to the online edition of this article you will find some of the writing that Nick did for the Foghorn. On behalf of the entire staff, we’d like to honor his life and send our condolences to his loved ones during this time. 

2 thoughts on “Nick Mukhar, USF graduate, Foghorn editor, friend, has died at 37

  1. Thank you Erika for the most beautiful tribute to our son, I can’t stop crying! I hope Nicholas knew what a great person he was. The kind that brought joy and smiles to everyone who knew him! 😭

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