Brother Tear is part of a line of Kappa Sigmas. His father, Harry Tear II
was a ’48 initiate and founder of Epsilon Mu Chapter at the University of Tulsa
and his brother, Harry “Hank” Tear III was initiated into Gamma-Rho in 1970.
And, more recently, his son Kevin was initiated into Gamma-Tau at Colorado in
As an undergrad at Arizona he began his sales career selling ads for the
Daily Wildcat. He was an active participant on Kappa Sigma’s various intramural
teams including football, basketball, soccer, and four straight years with the
champion volleyball team. He also served as Social Director in 1972. He earned
his B.A. in Political Science in 1974.
Following time with American Express and Boise Cascade Corporation
in the mid-80’s Brother Tear founded a computer systems integration company
named CSCI. Following 22 years of growth the company was sold to Iomega
Corporation in 2006. Rich repurchased a portion of the company in June of last
year and has been acting CEO since. In 2006 CSCI was named Managed Services
Provider of the Year by Juniper Networks.
Brother Tear is active in his community, having served on the board of
directors for the San Diego Chapter of the Red Cross, the La Jolla Branch of the
YMCA, and recently helped in founding a regular La Jolla food drive known as
“Second Saturday Club” in conjunction with Feeding America San Diego.
He has also remained active with Gamma-Rho, particularly during house
construction and follow-up.
“Gamma-Rho was introduced to me by my brother and his Kappa Sigma
brothers in the house and it meant a lifetime of friendships and part of a greater
organization to stay attached to for life. Obviously with my brother, my father,
and now my son all Kappa Sigmas the fraternity means more than just an organization
but also an extension and part of my family. I have seen brothers support
the chapter and the organization for entire lifetimes which serves as an incentive
and inspiration to me.”