IU Southeast names 2013 Chancellor’s Medallion honorees

3rd July 2013

NEW ALBANY, IN, (July 3, 2013) – Indiana University Southeast is proud to announce the recipients of the 2013 Chancellor’s Medallion.

Clementine “Tiny” Barthold, former Clark County judge, and Bill Ryall, longtime IU Southeast tennis coach, community activist, and career Army veteran, will be honored Oct. 19 at the 2013 Chancellor’s Medallion Dinner at Horseshoe Southern Indiana.

The Chancellor’s Medallion is the highest honor presented by the Chancellor of Indiana University Southeast. It is given to individuals who have rendered distinguished service to the university and to the community, have given their talents in the promotion of human welfare and community well-being, and who – through their integrity, sensitivity, and commitment – serve as models for students and alumni of IU Southeast.

There’s nothing small about the impact that former Clark County Judge Clementine “Tiny” Barthold has had during her lifetime. 


Barthold, an IU Southeast alumna, made judicial history as the first female probation officer in Clark County, the first institutional parole officer at the Indiana Women’s prison in Indianapolis, and the first female judge in Clark County.

Born in Odessa, Russia, shortly after the Bolshevik Revolution, Barthold was a child when her family escaped to Canada before settling in Aberdeen, S.D. She graduated in 1939 from Central High School in Aberdeen, where she has since been named an Outstanding Alumni. In 1941 she married her husband, Eddie Barthold, and moved around the country before settling in Jeffersonville in 1955. She has two children, Judith DeSimone and John Barthold.

Not content to be a housewife, Barthold began volunteering. She eventually became a secretary in the Clark County parole office before rising through the ranks as a probation officer. Still searching for more, Barthold graduated with a bachelor’s degree from IU Southeast in 1978 at age 57, received her law degree from IUPUI in 1980 at age 59, and was elected judge of Clark Superior Court at age 61. 

Barthold sat on the bench in both juvenile and adult court, including presiding over death penalty cases, but her work in juvenile justice has been her greatest pride and joy. The Clementine B. Barthold Regional Juvenile Detention Center now bears her name as a testament to her work.

Now 93, she has received numerous awards throughout the years including most notably, the national “Wonder Woman Award” from the Wonder Woman Foundation in 1984. The award recognized women over 40 who showed courage, risk taking, and made a difference in history. Barthold was honored alongside such luminaries as Rosa Parks.

New Albany native Bill Ryall’s military career may have taken him around the globe, but he made a world of difference right here in Southern Indiana.

A retired Army Colonel with a total of 38 years of active and reserve duty, Ryall’s distinguished military career led him through the Infantry School, Command & General Staff College, and the Army War College. During his time in active duty, Ryall served with USAREUR (the U.S. Army in Europe) and even escorted President John F. Kennedy when he visited the troops. During the first Gulf War, he served at the Joint Operations Center for NATO.

Ryall also worked as a teacher and administrator for the Department of Defense Overseas Schools in Europe. He and his wife, Marty, and their two children, Jennifer and John, lived in Germany, Norway, England, and Belgium for 30 years before returning home to Indiana in 1995. 

In 1996 Ryall joined IU Southeast as an adjunct professor of education and the coach of the varsity women’s and men’s tennis teams. He transformed the IU Southeast women’s tennis team into a NAIA national powerhouse winning 11 Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships, four NAIA Region XII championships, and three trips to the National championships. During his time as coach, his teams accumulated a record of 310-58.

Ryall received a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in counseling from Indiana University, and did post-graduate work at the University of Oregon and at Cambridge and Oxford universities in England. He is an active member of the Rotary Club of New Albany, having served as club President, International Service Chair for club and district, and Assistant Governor, and he was the District Governor in 2008-09.

Ticket info
The Chancellor’s Medallion Dinner will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 at Horseshoe Southern Indiana. The silent auction begins at 5:30 p.m. and the dinner follows at 7 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person. Corporate table sponsorships are available. For ticket information contact the IU Southeast Office of Development at (812) 941-2464.

Proceeds from the Chancellor’s Medallion Dinner go to the Chancellor’s Medallion Leadership Scholarship program. The scholarships recognize students for participation and leadership in academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, and community volunteerism.

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