George L. "Len" Novotny, a retired telecommunications company manager who was active in youth lacrosse for three decades, died Sunday of cancer at Lorien Mays Chapel and Skilled Nursing. He was 73.

George Leonard Novotny was born and raised in East Baltimore and graduated in 1959 from Patterson Park High School. He attended night school at the University of Baltimore, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1971 in business.

Mr. Novotny worked as a clerk at Fidelity & Deposit and Co., and at Footner and Co. Inc., an international freight forwarding and customs brokerage in Baltimore. He took a job in 1966 at the old Western Electric Co. plant on Broening Highway.

After being promoted, he later worked at Hunt Valley and for successor companies Lucent Technologies and Alcatel-Lucent, a telecommunications equipment maker. At the time of his retirement in 1993, he was in engineering management.

From 1994 until 2011, Mr. Novotny was the equipment room service manager for the men's and women's basketball, soccer and lacrosse teams at what is now Loyola University Maryland.

Mr. Novotny began volunteering in 1971 with the Overlea-Fullerton Recreation Council and later became chairman of the baseball and football programs, and in 1975, the lacrosse program. He remained active with the recreation council until 2001.

He was also involved with the Overlea Fall Lacrosse League and Baltimore Council Northeast Area Lacrosse League and served as chairman of the Metro Youth Lacrosse League.

Last year, Mr. Novotny was inducted into the Greater Baltimore Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse.

"Youth lacrosse was his hobby," said his wife of 51 years, the former Mary Eileen Clarke.

The former longtime Rosedale resident had lived in Sparks for the last 13 years.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Novotny is survived by two sons, Len Novotny of Lutherville and Brian Novotny of Timonium; and six grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com