It’s Still Rock ‘N Roll to Mary Beth Medley ’70

A piece of paper in her sophomore year changed the trajectory of Mary Beth Medley’s career, and she hasn’t looked back since.

Take a trip back in time and imagine big-name acts, such as Chicago, The Who, Van Morrison and The Allman Brothers, performing at Stony Brook University. In the late 60s, those artists and more graced the gym stage, thanks in large part to Student Activities Board concert chair Mary Beth Medley ’70

Medley and her niece Hannah Overton backstage at the Rolling Stones concert in 2019 with friends Keith Richards and Charlie Watts. (Photo courtesy of Mary Beth Medley)
Medley and her niece Hannah Overton backstage at the Rolling Stones concert in 2019 with friends Keith Richards and Charlie Watts. (Photo courtesy of Mary Beth Medley)

Though her degree was in history, Medley continued her music career into the early 80s, joining a management company and touring with bands like the Rolling Stones and Lynyrd Skynyrd. 

Her remarkable career did not end with music, though! After attending culinary school, she opened a popular restaurant in New York City. From there, she ended up in the British Virgin Islands, where she connected with and worked as a private chef and estate manager for big names, including Donna Karan, Richard Gilder and Robert DeNiro.

In 2020, Medley received the Shirley Strum Kenny Arts Festival Alumni Award. Due to the pandemic, she would return to speak at the festival two years later. And in 2023, she was a guest speaker during Stony Brook’s 1973 50th Class Reunion weekend.

Read the full story in the Winter 2023 edition of Stony Brook Magazine.

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