Universal House of Justice
The supreme governing institution of the Bahá’í Faith is situated on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel.
Amoz Gispon, member of the Universal House of Justice, served 1964-1982
Amoz Gipson had served as a member of the local Baha’i administrative in Washington DC. In 1959, he was appointed to the Auxiliary Board for Protection; and as a Board member he traveled extensively throughout the western states and also made a trip to Jamaica and Haiti. In 1960 he was elected to the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States. He had also served as a member of the National Teaching Committee for Africa, and was selected to represent the US National Spiritual Assembly at the dedication of the Bahá’í Temple in Uganda in 1961. While attending the first Baha’i International Convention in Haifa, Israel in 1963, he became one of the nine elected members of the newly established Universal House of Justice.
August 1, 1978
During an infrequent trip to the United States, and while visiting his hometown, Washington DC, a series of meetings were organized in his honor. He is seen above preparing to make a presentation at one such event held in Columbia, Maryland. Below, he greets Baha’is from surrounding communities and many from afar.
Top left: Anna Howard (striped blouse/glasses), she and her sister, Della, were taught the faith in Washington DC by Louis Gregory.
Bottom left: Front row, 2nd from left, Edwin Barham (blue tie. He and his wife, Bessie, pioneered to the Florida Keys), Helen Harris, and Sadie White. To the far right, row end, Ruhi Huddleston.
Bottom Middle, left: Ouida Coley (long-time pioneer to Paraguay, S. America), …, Vickie Johnson, Amoz Gipson.
Top right: Cynthia Muse (red/white blouse), future assistant to Auxullary Board member, Albert James.
Bottom right: Front, Dr. William ‘Bill’ Love (brown jacket).
Amoz E. Gipson passed away in Haifa, Israel on May 14, 1982
The Universal House of Justice, on May 15, sent the following cable to the Bahá’ís of the world:
WITH SORROWFUL HEARTS LAMENT LOSS OUR DEARLY-LOVED BROTHER AMOZ GIBSON WHO PASSED AWAY AFTER PROLONGED HEROIC STRUGGLE FATAL ILLNESS. EXEMPLARY SELF SACRIFICING PROMOTER FAITH ACHIEVED BRILLIANT UNBLEMISHED RECORD CONSTANT SERVICE FOUNDED ON ROCKLIKE STAUNCHNESS AND DEEP INSATIABLE LOVE FOR TEACHING WORK PARTICULARLY AMONG INDIAN AND BLACK MINORITIES WESTERN HEMISPHERE AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AFRICA. HIS NOTABLE WORK ADMINISTRATIVE FIELDS NORTH AMERICA CROWNED FINAL NINETEEN YEARS INCALCULABLE CONTRIBUTION DEVELOPMENT WORLD CENTRE WORLD EMBRACING FAITH. PRAYING SHRINES BOUNTIFUL REWARD HIS NOBLE SOUL THROUGHOUT PROGRESS ABHA KINGDOM. EXPRESS LOVING SYMPATHY VALIANT BELOVED WIDOW PARTNER HIS SERVICES AND BEREAVED CHILDREN. ADVISE HOLD BEFITTING MEMORIAL GATHERINGS EVERYWHERE BAHAI WORLD AND COMMEMORATIVE SERVICES ALL MASHRIQUL ADHKARS.