Barbara Brooks Rideout


South Paris – Barbara Brooks Rideout, 97, a resident of Paris Hill for more than a half-century, died Thursday, April 6, at Market Square Health Care Center.

She was born Aug. 5, 1908, in Cambridge, Mass., the daughter of Clayton and Grace Harlow Brooks. She graduated from Cambridge Latin School in 1926 and from Radcliffe College of Cambridge in 1930, with a degree in art history.

After two years of student teaching at the Brearley School in New York City 1930 to 1932, she took a teaching position at the Thurston School in Pittsburgh, Pa. It was there that she met her future husband, Theodore Rideout. They were married in Pittsburgh in 1935.

She spent 15 years as a housewife and mother before resuming her teaching career as a mathematics instructor at Rye Country Day School in Rye, N.Y. in 1950. After 18 years as residents of Port Chester, N.Y., she and her family moved to Bethany, Conn., where she joined the faculty of the Foote School in New Haven.

When she and her husband retired to Paris Hill in 1970, she had been spending at least a month each summer at a family home in that community since she was a small child. She started playing golf at Paris Hill Country Club at the age of 12 and continued playing the game well into her 90’s, priding herself on frequently scoring less than her age.

She won the PHCC championship in 1932, and for many years was prominent in the club’s tournaments. In retirement, she was also a member of Norway Country Club and a frequent participant in the Women’s Southern Maine State tournaments. She shot a 44 for nine holes on her 90th birthday.

She was an ardent bridge player, participating in summer tournaments at PHCC and continuing to play throughout her life. She was a member of the Stephens Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and a longtime coffee shop volunteer. She served one term as president of the organization.

She attended First Congregational Church in South Paris, where her sons were baptized and, where her grandfather, William Eustis Brooks, had been minister. In her retirement years, she traveled extensively with friends.

She is survived by daughters-in-law, Nancy Rideout and Janice Rideout, both of Paris Hill: six granddaughters, Barbara Hahn of Falmouth, Jennifer Trotter of Boylston, Mass., Susan Morin of South Paris, Katherine Rideout of Hebron, Molly Rideout of Hero, Vt. and Carol Griffin of Geneva, N.Y.; 13 great-grandchildren, Kristina and Alicia Hahn, Benjamin and Gabrielle Trotter, Mike and Tyler Morin, Eli and Anna Hulse, Sarah and Rachel Brouwer and Olivia, Connor and Emily Griffin.

She was predeceased by her husband, Ted; her two sons, Bruce and David; a brother, William; and a sister, Gertrude Brooks Wilson.