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“Grandpa” Allyn W. Gibson of Gibson’s Bakery Passes Away At Age 93

“Grandpa” Allyn W. Gibson of Gibson’s Bakery Passes Away At Age 93

“He passed yesterday during bakers hours February 12, 2022.”

Allyn W. Gibson passed away on February 12, 2022.  Gibson’s Bakery posted the announcement on its Facebook page:

With a heavy heart, we say goodbye to Allyn W. Gibson.

He passed yesterday during bakers hours February 12, 2022.

Mr. Gibson was one of the most kind and genuine individuals we have ever known.

He will be greatly missed.

In the photo above is Allyn’s son, David, who died in November 2019, David Gibson of Gibson’s Bakery has passed away.

Allyn W’s grandson, Allyn D. Gibson, was the store clerk whose stop of a black Oberlin College student for shoplifting gave rise to protests, false accusations of racial profiling, and the lawsuit in Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College. The student pleaded guilty.

We still await a decision on the appeal of the trial verdict, which could come any day.

At the trial it was revealed that Allyn’s great fear from the smear campaign by Oberlin College was that he would be remembered (falsely) as a racist. Neither David nor Allyn lived to see the result of the appeal, but regardless of appeal outsome, their reputations were rehabilitated and Oberlin College, to its everlasting shame, will be remembered as a cold, heartless place which tried with all its might and corporate resources to crush a family bakery, and continues in that effort.

The Gibsons will be remembered for having fought the good fight.

[Lee Plakas greets Allyn W. Gibson after punitive damages verdict][Photo credit Bob Perkoski for Legal Insurrection Foundation]


[David Gibson and Allyn W. Gibson at trial][Photo credit Bob Perkoski for Legal Insurrection Foundation]


[Allyn W. Gibson at trial][Photo credit Bob Perkoski for Legal Insurrection Foundation]


[Allyn D. Gibson — second from left –after jury compensatory verdict][Photo credit: Legal Insurrection Foundation]


[Featured Image: Allyn W. Gibson outside courtroom – Photo Daniel McGraw for Legal Insurrection Foundation]


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Thank you for keeping posted Professor. This is very sad news. My heart goes out to the Gibson family. May they get justice in the end.

    JohnSmith100 in reply to Peabody. | February 15, 2022 at 11:53 am

    I still think that this is about trying to steal Gibson’s property. They own a large amount of real estate which Oberlin covets.


At the trial it was revealed that Allyn’s great fear from the smear campaign by Oberlin College was that he would be remembered (falsely) as a racist. Neither David nor Allyn lived to see the result of the appeal, but regardless of appeal outsome, their reputations were rehabilitated and Oberlin College, to its everlasting shame, will be remembered as a cold, heartless place which tried with all its might and corporate resources to crush a family bakery, and continues in that effort.

We’d all like to think so, but I’d bet that’s not the story they’re telling the students and alumni, or that the people of the MSM are telling each other. I’m sure in their narrative the Gibsons are evil and their victory in the lawsuit was a terrible injustice. And if the appeals court goes the wrong way, or even merely reduces the damages, that will only encourage them.

And they control what ordinary people think. Tell me, if you were to stop people on the street and ask them whether they can define the term “swiftboating”, and take the first ten people who think they can, what would nine of them say? I’d bet they’ll say that the SBVT smeared Kerry, told things that weren’t true, that Kerry was a genuine hero and they were vile slanderers, and to “swiftboat” means to perpetrate such a baseless smear. People think that because that’s all they’ve been told and they’ve never heard the truth which is the exact opposite. That’s what I’m afraid is going to happen to the Gibsons no matter what happens in the trial.

    Peabody in reply to Milhouse. | February 14, 2022 at 9:57 am

    Thanks Milhouse for that post. I agree with your sentiments.

    Russ from Winterset in reply to Milhouse. | February 14, 2022 at 10:28 am

    That was very eloquent, Milhouse.

    healthguyfsu in reply to Milhouse. | February 14, 2022 at 11:48 am

    I’d like to think if you did the same sample with 100 or 1000 it would be more of a 50/50 split.

    Olinser in reply to Milhouse. | February 14, 2022 at 1:15 pm

    ‘McCarthyist’ is probably a more well known example.

    Everybody acts like it means a witch-hunt and that McCarthy was a crazy lunatic trying to burn heretics.

    But McCarthy WAS RIGHT, and the government HAD been infiltrated at the highest levels by communists.

      And still is.

      Milhouse in reply to Olinser. | February 14, 2022 at 3:24 pm

      McCarthy is before my time, but the understanding I grew up with was that he had damaged the anti-communist cause by making accusations that he could not back up, and accused innocent people of being communists, thus discrediting the entire cause and giving cover to the actual communists. But at various times when the subject comes up I’ve asked whether anyone can name someone whom McCarthy falsely accused. I haven’t yet got an answer. Does that mean these people are myths? Or just that there were so many that finding an example is difficult?

      At any rate, I was given to understand that “McCarthyist” means accusing someone who isn’t a communist of being one, but that the left was trying to distort it into meaning accusing an actual communist of being one!

        SuddenlyHappyToBeHere in reply to Milhouse. | February 15, 2022 at 10:25 am

        What the McCarthy Hearings were about was (1) Joe McCarthy as a drunkard and bully making unfounded accusations and (2) persecution of people who either were or were not members of the Communist Party or sympathizers (then or earlier) being slandered by HUAC and McCarthy as communists. You, Milhouse of all folks here, will understand that the First Amendment existed in the 1950s and merely holding a belief in communism or actually being in a communist organisation is and was protected by that Amendment. The fear that ruled America in those days was that Russia controlled those folks and even while in a few cases it did, in the main it did not – those believers were proud Americans who did not sell out the country to Russia. Communism as a belief came into current in America during the 1930s – the Depression. Understandable, I would suggest, in those desperate days. Following WWII, revelation of Stalin’s terror and programs, and the existence of the Atomic Bomb in Russian hands (with some assists from a handful of American’s spying for Russia) all combined – and no doubt stoked by the infamous Dulles brothers and the then existing Deep State agencies like CIA and DoD. The Hollywood folks accused were then as now just a gaggle of dilettantes – actors, producers, directors, etc. who caught onto trends. It didn’t hurt the cause of the fascist element in the US that many were jews.

        You don’t have to be old enough to have lived through it Milhouse. History is actually taught on the shelves of the library. The crime of HUAC and McCarthy was in making the accusation and demanding testimony under oath from the accused.

        Of course the way the word “communist” is tossed around in these comments I’m not sure lots of folks will understand history on the topic

          SuddenlyHappyToBeHere in reply to SuddenlyHappyToBeHere. | February 15, 2022 at 1:12 pm

          But I should add that the First Amendment jurisprudence at the time was nowhere near as robustas today. Indeed the Hollywood Ten were convicted of Contempt of Congress for refusing to answer and upheld by the Supreme Court, as shameful a piece of judicial decisionmaking as one can find in the modern era. Once that happened, witnesses “took the Fifth” rather than refuse based on 1st Amendment.

          Brave Sir Robbin in reply to SuddenlyHappyToBeHere. | February 15, 2022 at 1:36 pm

          This is the point, indeed. They went after people they had no business going after people who had just casual associations such as being married to a former member of the communist party and such.

          Russian espionage and influence peddling was real and deep, and needed to be rooted out. But the method and reach were objectionable.

          You want a specific person as an example? Lucille Ball. Who cares if she was a communist? She was an actress. She perhaps, and though denying it, likely had, in my view some youthful affiliation, but later claimed to be a supporter of Dwight Eisenhower. Her husband, Desi Arnaz, was very anti-communist.

          In any event, no one ever produced any evidence she was under the control or influence of a foreign power or had loyalties other than to the United States, but was, nonetheless, caught up in the affair.

          Faith in communism is stupid, and true believers tend to be dangerous in many respects, but in the US, we all have rights to our beliefs and the HUAC seemed to go in the direction of destroying people for sport and entertainment, and not because they were a certifiable danger to people.

          You should have read some history. McCarthy was right, and was vindicated after the collapse of the Soviet Union by the release of the Venona Files. Look it up.

      The Gentle Grizzly in reply to Olinser. | February 14, 2022 at 6:24 pm

      McCarthy was his own worst messenger. I think many people conflate the circus that was the House UnAmerican Activities Committee with the doings of McCarthy.

        But was HUAC a circus? Or was it merely portrayed as such by the antics of the Hollywood Ten’s lawyers, who were acting under orders from Moscow?

          SuddenlyHappyToBeHere in reply to Milhouse. | February 15, 2022 at 9:59 am

          I’d like to see the evidence that “the Hollywood Ten’s lawyers … were acting on orders from Moscow.”

          M Poppins in reply to Milhouse. | February 15, 2022 at 5:55 pm

          that conflation with HUAC is a deliberate ploy of the left. McCarthy didn’t do anything wrong – quite the contrary.

      JohnSmith100 in reply to Olinser. | February 15, 2022 at 11:20 am

      It took me a life time to figure out that McCarthy was right. We desperately need someone to step up, a McCarthy reincarnation, to step up and start kicking Marxist ass.

I disagree, the Bakery family will love well in our hearts.
As far as the University and anyone who is idiot enough to spend 60,000 to send their child there… you get what you paid for… an ignorant disgusting uneducated imbecile who won’t or can’t help you in the future as you grow old and in need of depends

RIP sir, job well done!

God bless that man.

That family has been a beacon of courage in the face of wokeness at its worst. God Bless them.

What is the appellate court waiting for? That all of the Gibsons pass away so that the school does not have to answer for their crimes? If they reverse and remand for a new trial, under Ohio law, can the transcripts of the testimony in court be used as evidence because the witnesses are no longer available?

    healthguyfsu in reply to rochf. | February 14, 2022 at 11:51 am

    They are able to stall with this facebook records release crap. I don’t think it should be allowed, but that’s where it is stalled. It’s not the same case but they can throw out some legal masturbation on paper and given the low standard for continuance, get their wish.

    They’re also hoping for the demographics of the court to shift.

    That said, there’s no statute of limitations once you’ve been found guilty and you know the Gibsons have stated their beneficiaries.

The Gentle Grizzly | February 14, 2022 at 11:49 am

How much did all of the trials and accusations and demonstrations take off of his life?

(How many comment makers are Breitbart, CFP, and Daily Wire will ask is he was “vaxxed”?)

however long oberlin exists, mr gibson’s name will be associated with it along with the fact that he prevailed in court over the school’s attempt to disparage his personal honor and that of his family

a clear, quiet example to his family(and to everyone)of true grace under pressure

thank you sir and may you rest in peace

I am very sorry for the Gibson Family’s loss. I also regret that Allyn’s final years were filled with such turmoil. Oberlin College should be very ashamed.

What happened to Oberlin College can happen to any college when the depraved minded degenerates take over “the system”.

Education and accreditation of education has become rotten to the very foundation.

All for the price of a pickle fork.

I met Allyn in the Fall of 2018, when I dropped my son off at Oberlin at the beginning of his “1st” year. He was a lovely man and was welcoming to all, and I do wish that business well.

Yes, the “truth” spoken at the college is that “Gibson’s is racist” . . . and like many “truth’s,” those who are curious or skeptical or dubious may explore and learn for themselves. My son, sadly, is comfortable with the Woke Party line . . . and I don’t think it would have been any different if he went to Haverford or Bowdoin or Rutgers, etc. etc. He won’t be voting for Trump or Hillary, for that matter.

My son is a good kid and works hard at his studies and jobs. But yes, is currently indoctrinated by the far leftist, anti-capitalist, anti-militarist ideology. Oberlin has been very good to him and he’s found a home, despite the differences in our politics (although we both respect/like Tulsi Gabbard and vehemently dislike Kamala Harris).

If/when he starts paying teacher’s union dues and sees the “truth” there . . . or if he decides to work for a “bad” old corporation because the benefits they create and distribute are incredible, he may see the “truth” there, or if he wants to start his own pre-school, he will learn all about capital requirements and taxes/regulations there too.

This is his journey . . . just as my peers demonstrated in the late ’70’s against the reinstitution of Selective Service or divestment from South Africa or . . . whatever. Most of us turned out fine . . . or watch “The Big Chill” for a previous generation about all that.

Personally, I hope Oberlin ends up paying . . . something. But as a CPA, the valuation of the Gibson’s business and their damages (even trebled) are nowhere near what the initial judgment was. Given what I have seen wrto civil litigation between entities, it appears there are many actors in this play, and Gibson’s and Oberlin seem to be minor ones.

The word “Racist” constitutes hate speech as does calling someone a “white nationalist”, just as much as using the word “nig***”. The last word is another example of hypocrisy as it is used frequently especially in black communities and by black comediennes.

    JohnSmith100 in reply to kjon. | February 15, 2022 at 11:45 am

    From what I have seen, I think that American blacks have taken first place racists in America. I find it hard, no impossible to accept their current conduct. I do not dislike anyone over their skin tone. It is about character, generally poor work ethics, terrible child rearing and refusal to reevaluate their culture and culpability for their collective situation. The truth is that other races, white or any other, cannot fix the black problem, They must do so.

      JohnSmith: I agree. When 75% of black children are born out of wedlock is it surprising they have more criminals, drop outs, welfare recipients etc etc etc

      Arminius in reply to JohnSmith100. | February 15, 2022 at 7:18 pm

      Where are you from? I mean that as a serious question. And I’m genuinely interested in the answer. I’m from a very mixed race town in Kali. I get a tan and I
      can pass for a lot. And what are you gonna do? You leave the truck pull in Bakersfield and a bunch of Aryan Brotherhood types decide to beat up some Mexican. All of a sudden, I’m not with them?

      Yeah. Last Thursday I was Mexican. Yesterday I was Iranian. Maybe tomorrow I’m a freaking Hindu. I’m not brave. I don’t like fighting. My doctor advised me after I turned 18 to stop fighting. But if the Hindu guy is unconscious and the beater doesn’t let up, well. Who’s your Hindu now?

      I think I was 18 the last time I saw a doc after a fight I won’t go into all that led up to it. Suffice to say, ghetto chicks fight NASTY! I would say I did everything I could to avoid the fight. But, no, I mouthed off. And she picked me up and slammed me into a storefront window!

      Game on. Or as my black friends later informed me (too little, too late, thanks guys) when they’re that ugly you have to beat them just like a man. I wasn’t proud, but I kicked her ass. Because she would have killed me. I know because she told me after I relieved her of her grocery-filled bag when she was shoplifting. And then she came back looking for me.

      I still don’t know how she managed to bite me. Somebody had already knocked most of her teeth out. She only had molars on her back left jaw. Still, she managed enough leverage so I had to go in for a tetanus shot. I should have kept the t shirt. The stains.

    M Poppins in reply to kjon. | February 15, 2022 at 5:58 pm

    except that there’s no such thing as “hate speech” – a term invented by the left to suppress dissent.

OwenKellogg-Engineer | February 19, 2022 at 4:21 pm

RIP Mr. Gibson; may your family find peace in knowing you all have fought the good fight, and now is time for eat eternal

Thank you Professor for your vigilance with posting on this case and the individuals involved. If but for no other topic, I come here to Legal insurrection each and every day to see if there is an update in the case. News such as this is always sad to hear, but an inevitability in the course of life; one we must all endure someday.