TALBOT TAYLOR SPEER, 92, a former owner and publisher of the Capital-Gazette newspapers in Annapolis, died Oct. 14 in Gulf Stream, Fla., where he lived in retirement. The cause of death was not reported.

Mr. Speer sold The Capital in 1968 to publisher Philip Merrill.

Owner of The Capital for 43 years, Mr. Speer began his publishing career in 1921 as assistant to the president of the Baltimore Salesbook Co. He later was president and chairman of Baltimore Business Forms Co. After selling The Capital to Merrill he retired from Baltimore Business Forms in 1976.

A native of Pittsburgh, Mr. Speer served on the Higher Education Commission of Maryland and on the Maryland state prison board.

ARCHBISHOP THOMAS A. DONNELLAN, 73, who since 1968 had led the Archdiocese of Atlanta through a period of rapid growth, died Oct. 15 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta of a stroke and related ailments.

During Archbishop Donnellan's tenure, the Catholic population of the Atlanta archdiocese grew from about 50,000 to about 132,000 as families transferred from other parts of the country into the Sun Belt. The number of Catholic parishes in that area rose from 34 to 65.

BOB PRICE, 61, the American managing director of General Motors South Africa who stayed on to head the local group that bought the company after GM left the country, died in Johannesburg Oct. 10 after a heart attack.

Mr. Price, who had worked for General Motors for two decades, retired last year shortly after GM's disinvestment. He led the group of managers that purchased GM's operations in eastern Cape province and renamed them the Delta Motor Corp.

ROGER LANCELYN GREEN, 68, the author of nearly 100 books of fiction and history for children and an authority on Victorian children's literature, died Oct. 8 in London. The cause of death was not reported.

He was the author of retellings of classics such as "King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table," "The Adventures of Robin Hood" and "Heroes of Greece and Troy." In 1979, he published a two-volume edition of the letters of Lewis Carroll, the creator of "Alice in Wonderland." He also wrote biographies of Andrew Lang, J.M. Barrie and A.E.W. Mason, in addition to a biography of Carroll.