Philippa Ashford, MSN, RN, nurse manager, Comprehensive Psychiatric Assessment Service, died January 1, 2020, after being struck by a stray bullet during New Year’s celebrations near her home in Harris County.


Statement from The Menninger Clinic

The Menninger Clinic community is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Philippa “Phil” Ashford, who was a nurse manager at our hospital and served as a leader and mentor to our nursing and clinical team. Our hearts go out to her family and friends at this very sad time and we offer our support and deepest sympathy. Menninger will hold a memorial service to honor Philippa, whose loss as a talented professional and friend will be felt by all of us here at Menninger and across our local mental health community.

Armando Colombo, president and CEO, The Menninger Clinic 

Menninger will provide grief counseling and support to its community and others impacted by the loss of Philippa Ashford. 

About Philippa Ashford

For more than 12 years, Ashford served as a board-certified nurse manager for Menninger's Comprehensive Psychiatric Assessment Service, an inpatient program for adults who need stabilization and assessment for their mental health symptoms or detoxification from substance use. Her expertise included motivational interviewing, mentalization-based therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and community integration.


She also coordinated the training of visiting student nurses and mentored nurse residents.
An adjunct professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, she was a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society and the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.
In 2015, Ashford was presented with the Texas Nurses Association District 9 Top 25 Outstanding Nurses Award. She earned her master's degree in Nursing from the University of Phoenix and her bachelor's degree in Nursing and Psychology from the University of St. Thomas.